NOIDA: After Ghaziabad councillors took to polishing shoes in protest against the state government, flat buyers in Noida did the same on Sunday in a demonstration against builders charging extra, over agreed flat prices.
Around 100 members of the Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association (NEFOWA) on Sunday organized a shoe-polish campaign near the Sector 18 Metro Station. "We have spent all our money in trying to buy our flats, now, the only thing we can do is to polish shoes on streets and give the money earned to the builders," said Shweta Bharti, general secretary, NEFOWA.
As part of the campaign, they also circulated pamphlets among people interested in investing in Noida and Greater Noida housing projects, highlighting various issues they should be aware of.
"We want buyers to be aware of all the minute details of buying a flat. So we are informing new buyers that they should procure all information from the builders, regarding the necessary approvals they need for constructing a building. Buyers should read the builder-buyer agreement carefully, points regarding super area to carpet area ratio.
We also want to inform buyers that they should buy flats in ready-to-move-in or under construction projects, not newly launched ones. It is important to know whether the land on which the apartment is coming up, is disputed or not," said Indrish Gupta, co-founder of NEFOWA.
The association has also been working on procuring information on several under-construction projects through RTIs filed with the Greater Noida Authority.
"We had filed 100 RTIs, out of which the Authority has responded to 36. We had also applied for first appeal with the Authority and we have been called by the officials to get valid responses to our queries on September 30," said Gupta.
"We hope that we will finally get all the information that we have been looking for. Our main questions were regarding completion dates and the quality of material being used by builders. On 30th, we shall, hopefully be able to get a clear picture," said Bharti.