A group of ministers set up by the Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh to sort out the real estate mess in Noida is learnt to have directed the city administration to arrest eight errant builders for failing to deliver over 5,000 flats to homebuyers.
According to a report in Times Of India, the UP government on Monday issued directions to this effect to Gautam Buddha Nagar SSP Love Kumar. The names of the eight builders against whom orders have been issued have not been made public yet.
In August this year, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had taken stock of the grievances of the homebuyers who were facing delays at the hands of builders spanning over years. The Chief Minister had then set builders a goal to deliver 50,000 flats by the end of December this year. In most cases, payments over 90 per cent have already been made.
Notably, the action comes barely a month after police had filed FIRs against six builders with projects in Noida and Greater Noida. Amrapali, Supertech, Alpine Realtech, Proview group, Today Homes, and JNC Constructions were the developers booked following meetings held by the same three-member cabinet committee in August.
The cabinet committee comprises Urban Housing minister Suresh Khanna, Industries minister Satish Mahana, and State minister (independent charge) of Cane Development and sugar mills Suresh Rana.
The builders were booked under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code.
The government’s directions on Monday follow a closed-door review meeting held by the ministerial committee in New Delhi, the report said. While Noida Authority has conveyed to the committee that 11,000 flats will be delivered in Noida, builders of Greater Noida have promised 14,000 apartments. Yamuna Expressway Authority has promised 7,525 flats, including, 2,970 houses the authority has built.
According to officials of Noida Authority, 5,771 completion certificates have been handed over to builders since August 2017. Of these, 5,670 flats were handed over by November. Besides, 3,791 flats are being fast-tracked for year-end delivery.
Greater Noida Authority officials on the other hand told the group of ministers that they have already given possession of 4,529 flats. About 9,671 are over 90 per cent complete and should get completion certificates this month.
The three development authorities - Noida, Greater Noida, and Yamuna Expressway - have presented a roadmap to deliver 32,500 flats by the end of the year. The committee has now asked for a plan to deliver the remaining 17,500 units, the report added.