DELHI: Almost 20,000 homebuyers in Noida face a delay in receiving possession of their completed apartment . This is due to a recent judgment by National Green Tribunal, which prohibits Noida Authority from giving any completion certificate for projects within a 10km radius of Okhla Bird Sanctuary.
Another 30,000 apartments in the area are nearing completion over the next year. But, due to the judgment, builders are now going slow on their projects, developers’ body Credai NCR president Rohit Raj Modi told TOI.
The delay in securing the completion certificate is causing hardship to buyers, Modi said. Most of these projects were launched in Sector 74, 75, 76, 122 and 137 among others. They include projects of major builders like Amrapali, Jaypee, Logix, Gulshan Homz, Antriksh, ATS, Paramount and Supertech. In all, 25 projects are affected by the judgment.
Interestingly, all 25 projects have already got environmental clearance. Getamber Anand of ATS said builders had no idea of any such problem in the area when they began their projects. Shiv Priya, executive director of Amrapali, which has 3,000 apartments ready to be handed over to buyers, said, “Most buyers want to take possession during May-June, when they can change the school of their children. We also plan delivery for this period. But, this time, despite completing the delivery cannot be given.”
To make matters worse for builders, they will have to maintain all the apartments without charging any money from the buyers. As most of these projects were launched and sold around four years ago, most of the buyers have been paying EMI since then.
On October 28, 2013, NGT had directed Noida Authority to stop all construction within 10km radius of Okhla Bird Sanctuary. It further asked the Government of India to fix norms for such situations. The Centre, in turn, asked the respective state governments to fix the norms for their wildlife sanctuaries depending on their fragility and other issues. On February 25, the UP government recommended that the no-development zone be fixed at 100 metres. In March, Delhi made a similiar suggestion.
However, NGT has now reiterated its earlier order. During the hearing, Credai had requested NGT that projects beyond 100m–as proposed by the UP government–may be allowed to carry out construction subject to their getting environmental clearance on an undertaking that they are doing the construction at their own cost and risk, and would not claim any right. Credai said such a clarification had become necessary to mitigate developers’ hardship and ensure that there is no multiplicity of proceedings as allottees are threatening to take legal action. But NGT declined any relief.