Wednesday, 22 April 2015

NGT order in NCR: The home buyers’ ordeal

This is not the first time that the housing projects in Noida Extension-West have faced delay in possession. This time it is the latest NGT order to halt construction in Noida for not following pollution control norms which has brought down the expectations of many buyers.

Shweta Bharti, general secretary, Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association, on a brief discussion said, “All middle class buyers have booked their flats in the Noida Extension stretch. Already there is a delay in the possession of projects and with the halt in construction activities it has made the situation more difficult for buyers.”

She continues, “The National Green Tribunal should take action against builders by putting penalties but should not stop the construction as it is just going to enhance the difficulties of the buyers. Moreover, the builder authority should be responsible for not following the pollution control norms not the buyers. At present, the buyers are already struggling with payment of EMIs and high rents and with the stopping of construction activities, they are under more stress.”

As per the National Green Tribunal Council, the latest halt to activities is just to check the dust that is emitted from the construction activities followed by transportation of construction and demolition waste to further ensure less air pollution.  

The identified 2km stretch from National Highway 24 to Char Murti Chowk in Noida Extension includes various housing projects majorly all nationally acclaimed developers. This brought mixed reactions from various home buyers.

“Why are we being affected by the Environment and Forest Guidelines of 2010 now? If the developers would have followed the norms religiously, we would not have to face another delay in our housing project,” says Jay Prakash, a private company employee.

“There is no end to the problems of home buyers of Noida Extension. It would have been better to purchase a ready-to-move-in apartment rather than putting our money in an under-construction project which gets delayed every 6 months,” says Manoj Kumar, an existing home buyer of Noida Extension West project.   

Balwant Miyan, a homeowner of a 3BHK flat in Noida Extension West says, “Buying an apartment in Noida Extension was the biggest mistake of my life. I paid Rs 15,000 per month on rent and Rs 22,000 on the under-construction project which leaves me with very little savings to survive on. I have to take care of my family’s daily necessities and with every passing day my difficulty is increasing. The delay in possession is making our lives miserable.”

With unplanned possession delays in Noida Extension housing projects and the latest NGT decision on the construction halt for not following environment norms, the sentiments of buyers has dropped again. All they look forward is the revival of the realty market and timely possession of their projects.

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