NOIDA: After continuous protests for 10 Sundays over pending possession and registries of their flats, homebuyers in Greater Noida (west) now plan to write mass postcards to the President. Nearly a lakh homebuyers across over 25 housing projects await possession and registry of their flats in GB Nagar.
On Sunday, a car and a bike rally protest was held by aggrieved allottees at Char Murti Chowk. “Despite 13 years of struggle, our problem continues. No MP, MLA or Noida Authority officials have stood with us or taken note of our protest,” said Abhishek Kumar, president of New Era Flat Owners Welfare Association (NEFOWA).
“We have been simply used as a vote bank and only given false promises which have not been fulfilled yet. Therefore, coming Sunday, we will start writing postcards to the President of India because we don’t have any hope to get our dream flat. Also, the registry seems a far cry,” he said.
According to Ranjana Suri Bhardwaj, vice-president of NEFOWA, “The Authority has to recover its dues from the builders but in the process, the homebuyers are being punished. The Authority is refusing to entertain registries till the dues are cleared.”
On the other hand, she said, the homebuyers have spent all their savings, taken loans to pay the builder and are paying EMIs on home loans. “Many of them are on rent in the absence of possession of their flats. So, it’s a double expenditure of rent and loan for them with no sight of their own homes. The situation has remained the same for the past 13 years.”
Another aggrieved homebuyer said that their protest would continue but in different ways. “Now, we are not going to get trapped in the web of false promises,” he said.
In fact, on Sunday, yet another protest was held, this time on bikes and cars.