Authority To Probe 28 Yamuna Expressway Builders On Charges Of Flouting Building Norms
Several group housing projects in Noida have not only missed their completion date but are also facing charges of being built illegally. According to media reports, the development body of Yamuna Expressway in September last year formed a panel to probe whether builders developing group housing projects in the area had willfully flouted building byelaws. The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has directed the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) to set up a panel to look into the issues faced by homebuyers in the region. The panel will submit its report on March 15.
It was during 2009 and 2010 when the YEIDA allotted land to these 28 developers to build group housing projects in the areas falling under its ambit. According to homebuyers, developers have not followed the sanctioned building layout map approved by the development body. The alterations, accuse the buyers, have been made to gain more profits.
For instance, builders have gone for using areas meant for common facilities such as parks and open spaces to increase the size of units. They are also accused of fiddling with the towers — in some cases sizes have been increased; in other cases, the space that has to be maintained between towers has been crunched.
“Buyers alleged that the builders have used more floor area ratio, which is a violation of norms. It means the builders have increased the height of a building, built more flats and covered more area. The committee is verifying the allegations properly,” YEIDA Additional Chief Executive Officer Amarnath Upadhyay was quoted in Hindustan Times as saying.
The panel set by the YEIDA has already inspected some sites while it has yet to visit others and prepare a comprehensive report.
In February, the same panel had found that eight developers in the area had diverted Rs 860 crore collected from homebuyers. The panel named Sunworld Infrastructure limited (Rs 47.55 crore), Oasis Realtech (Rs 8 crore) , Supertech Group (262.82 crore), Logix Group (Rs 37.84 crore), Three C Developers (Rs 27.93 crore), SDS Infracon (Rs 182.44 crore), Green Bay Infrastructure (Rs 173.10 crore) and ATS Realty (Rs 120.75 crore) in its report. Most of these builders are big names, and have a dominant presence in Noida real estate market. While denying the charges, five of eight developers termed YEIDA's audit methodology as “faulty”.