NOIDA: More than five months after the new contours of the no-construction zone around the Okhla Bird Sanctuary were finalized, a delay in the final notification is making thousands of homebuyers increasingly frustrated and restless.
With all legal and environmental hurdles in the way of getting possession of their flats in Noida now cleared, a buyers' association as well as individual investors said they would hold protests in March if there was no progress on the final notification of the green zone.
TOI had on September 8, 2014 reported that the Centre's draft of the new green zone did not affect any realty project. The draft proposed a no-construction zone extending 1.27km from the park towards the DND Flyway in the north and 100 metres to the east, west and south. The new contours were drawn up because a 10km area around the park was marked as a green zone in the absence of a clear demarcation by the government, blocking occupation certificates for 35,000 flats.
But since this proposal hasn't been formally notified, status quo has prevailed and flat buyers continue to pay hefty EMIs as well as house rents. "We were hoping this issue would be sorted out by now. The PM talks about speeding up infrastructure projects but the government has failed to live up to our expectations," said Prashant Arora, a homebuyer, who says he is paying Rs 18,000 as monthly rent and Rs 35,000 as EMI for his new flat. Arora also said the buyers had decided to group together and protest if the notification wasn't issued soon.
Officials in the UP government said they were expecting the notification by the end of 2014. "The process of notification, including objections being invited to the proposal, was supposed to be completed by December 2014," a senior official said. "The Centre had given the final touches to the draft proposal in September. Objections are supposed to be invited and addressed in 60 days," the official added.
The Noida Extension Flat Owners' Welfare Association extended its support to the home buyers. "We will hold a big dharna in March," said association official Abhishek Kumar.