NOIDA: Hundreds of buyers waiting for possession of their flats in Noida Extension have been caught by surprise after builders of various prominent projects sent them notices demanding additional payments under various heads such as 'farmer compensation charge' and 'labour welfare charge'.
Although the 'farmer compensation charge' was in the offing, more so after the UP government approved an additional 64.7% compensation to farmers, buyers allege that the 'possession payment demand' notice they have received is arbitrary and the builders must explain how the charges have been calculated.
"We have been told that all the expenses the builders have borne towards creating shelter for construction workers, makeshift schools for their children and other facilities would have to be paid by the buyers. We fail to understand how such charges can be slapped on the buyers," said Indrish Gupta, co-founder of the Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association.
The buyers have been negotiating with the builders for relaxation of the charges. "We are hard pressed for funds. Charging us for electricity or water connection is okay but such arbitrary charges are not fair. We will have to take legal action if the charges are not revised," Gupta added.
A prominent builder, which has already started giving possession of flats in its Noida Extension project, has demanded an additional Rs 50 per square feet under 'farmer compensation charges' and Rs 20 per square feet under 'labour welfare charges'. The final possession demand could be as high as Rs 5 lakh for a 600 square-feet flat.