Noida Authority finally conducts an inspection of Amrapali Zodiac

Following repeated complaints against the builder from residents of Amrapali Zodiac, a society in Sector 120, Noida Authority finally inspected the project today.

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An officer with the department of planning, and an architect with Noida Authority, along with residents, took rounds of the 14 towers.

The builder has already given possession to residents, and many have started living in the complex. But towers from C to W — with the exception of Q — lack basic facilities such as lifts, fire-safety equipment and electric meters. Noida Society News

Jogindra Singh, a resident, said the builder had collected money from all residents for installation of electricity meters, but they were still not in place.

Residents alleged that were are several towers with just one lift — which broke down frequently. Besides this, the builder has not completed equipping the buildings with a firefighting system. Noida Local News

Registration of property with the department of land and revenue, UP, is also pending. The builder owes dues to Noida Authority for the land allotted. Noida News

M Farooq, assistant project engineer of the Authority, said, “I have noted down the issues and will compile a report on the problems being faced by the residents. Once done, the report will be handed over to the higher authorities to decide what course of action to be initiated against the builder.”

DDA: Lofty dreams but no implementation

Delhi Development Authority had come up with a number of ambitious projects for Dwarka, but do you know what happened to them? They all got shelved.

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Projects such as the Socio Cultural Centre in Sector 11 (Indraprastha Sanskritik Kendra), studio apartments for senior citizen in Sector 16, and the Adventure Cycle Park have gone missing from the DDA files. According to sources, these projects have been canned because senior officials were unconvinced about their cost and viability. Delhi Local News

One official said on condition of anonymity, “The Indraprastha Sanskritik Kendra was cancelled by the former DDA vice-chairman Arun Goel, because he thought the project wasn’t feasible when compared to the construction cost. The studio apartment project in Sector 16 was also cancelled for the same reason.” Delhi News

The layout plan for the Indraprastha Sanskritik Kendra in Sector 11, a project worth Rs 300 crore, had already been prepared and passed. According to officials and press releases, this project was conceptualised with a vision to giving Dwarka a business-cultural centre in the league of the India Habitat Center. The DDA officials further stated that the project sketches were in place and tendering had started; the project was to take off in the previous financial year, but now all work on it has abruptly been stopped.

Residents of Dwarka who were eagerly waiting for these projects are a disappointed lot. A resident of Sector 11, AK Sharma, said, “It is sad for us that a wonderful project such as Indraprastha Sanskritik Kendra has been cancelled by the authority. We were happy when the project was announced in 2011. I think DDA should rethink its decision.”

The old age home for retired government servants in Sector 16 is another project which was declared and planned last year but now stands cancelled. The project, which was meant to be a joint venture between DDA and Indian Navy, was to take off this year. According to a press release issued by DDA in September 2016, approximately 12 acres of land were identified in Sector 16, on which about 1,550 studio apartments of around 550 sq ft each were to be constructed. The project had to be completed in the next four years. “I don’t know why the senior officials cancelled it, but there is definitely no sign of progress on this project,” said an official of DDA.

The cycle sharing project, which was envisaged as the green mode of transport and last-mile connectivity for Dwarka, has also been shelved. Though DDA officials have not commented on this, they haven’t indicated that it has been abandoned. According to an official, this project could be resumed in future if a senior official or authority considers it an integral part of sustainable development.

The GreNo Authority will reveal Amrapali’s financial status to all buyers soon!

The Greater Noida Authority today assured buyers that it would reveal the financial status of the Amrapali Group in a week’s time.

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It will ascertain whether the realtor has the financial muscle to complete all its stalled housing projects. The information will be shared with all buyers. Greater Noida News

The decision came in the wake of strong protests by homebuyers outside the office of Greater Noida Authority today. The protests were held under the aegis of Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association, or NEFOWA. Noida Society News

Shweta Bharti, NEFOWA general secretary, said, “We met Arvind Mohan, senior manager, group housing cell of the Authority. We protested for hours before being called in for a meeting. We said, without mincing words, that the Authority had only given verbal assurances so far.” Noida Local News

The meeting lasted for an hour, during which the officer promised to seek details from the realtor and pass on the buyers’ demands to it.  Noida News

He also said that once the builder replied, the Authority would decide on the next course of action. “If the Authority is satisfied with the reply, it will constitute a monitoring committee to look into what’s happening on the ground. Also, the builder’s plan of action for completing the stalled projects will be shared with the buyers and a copy of the same will be uploaded on the Authority’s website next week,” he added.  Apartment management System

Will Delhi finally be free of plastic bags?

If you are found carrying a non-biodegradable plastic bag in the city, you may have to rustle up Rs 5,000 as environment compensation. This is as per the directive issued today by the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The directive has specifically imposed a ban on using non-biodegradable plastics less than 50 microns across the NCR. Delhi Society News

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The tribunal has granted a week’s time to the state government to seize all plastic bags that are a threat to the environment and follow the fresh directive. The court has also asked the government to issue a public advisory in this regard. The NGT has simultaneously asked the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and the National Pollution Control Board (NPCB) to file an affidavit on this. Meanwhile, the court has sought a complete report on the city’s ongoing waste-management strategy, particularly in respect to non-biodegradable plastics. Apartment Management System

However, this is not the first time that NGT has directed the Delhi government to ban plastic bags.  A directive prohibiting the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags was issued on January 1 this year as well. However, on July 31, the NGT reviewed the enforcement and blamed the state government for the continued use of plastic bags. Delhi Local News

This fresh directive particularly stresses the enforcement of this ban in hotels, restaurants and public functions. The state government has been asked to submit its report after a week.

City Spidey spoke to a senior Delhi government spokesperson to ascertain the government’s action on the court’s directive. “The government will discuss the issue in detail and decide its next move,” the spokesperson said.

When specifically asked if the government had decided to issue a public advisory in this regard, the spokesperson replied, “Any such decision will only be taken after detailed consultations during our party meeting. At present I am not able to commit anything on the behalf of my party.”

CITY SPIDEY EXCLUSIVE: Three children stuck in a lift in Fresco, Gurgaon

In a dangerous incident at Fresco, a condominium in Sector 50, Gurgaon, three children, all about 10 to 12 years of age, got stuck in the Tower 4 lift on Wednesday night. The children had boarded the lift to go to their respective floors at 8.20 pm, when the lift came to a sudden halt. The children were stuck in the lift for almost 25 minutes. This is the second incident reported in the past 15 days. A few days ago, a woman resident was stuck in one of the elevators for almost 30 minutes. Gurgaon News

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But that’s not the most disturbing part.

Distraught after discovering that the alarm button on the lift was not working, the children started shouting for help, and Ravi Batra, a resident who was passing by, heard their cries and called the gate for help.  Gurgaon Society News

“It was astonishing that even after four frantic calls, the guards took a lot of time to reach the spot,” said Batra, a chief risk officer at an MNC. “The guards arrived after the fifth call. They told me that the children had been rescued. But to my shock, I could still hear them crying for help. This time I called the security in-charge, who called the lift operator [who happens to be the only person available to take care of all the 28 lifts in the society] and the children were rescued.” Gurgaon Local News

“The AMC, or the annual maintenance contract, of the lifts has expired, and OTIS, the agency responsible for maintenance, has not been maintaining them, as Unitech, the builder, owes it Rs 40 lakh,” said Nilesh Tandon, RWA president.

“I went to the Sector 50 police station and registered a complaint about the carelessness, irresponsibility and lack of services. I also discussed the matter with the commissioner of police,” Batra further added. Apartment Management System

The SHO of the Sector 50 police station, Surinder Singh Phogat, said, “We had called a representative from Unitech, who told us that the lift maintenance was Otis’s responsibility. They did admit that their service personnel reached the spot a little late, though. We will now call Otis and seek their explanation on this issue.”

Despite rains, temperature up by 4 degrees!

This morning’s showers brought some relief from the humid weather observed over the past two months. However, despite claims of being monsoon-ready from the authorities, the 32 mm of rainfall left several areas in the city waterlogged.

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Interestingly, the minimum temperature, 32.7°C, went up by 4 degrees despite the rains. Both the maximum and the minimum temperatures were recorded three degrees above normal. Gurgaon News

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast more rain and thunderstorm this week. An IMD official said the region would now experience a “quality monsoon”.

Despite the authorities’ assurances of being prepared for the monsoons, heavy downpour disrupted traffic across the city. Several roads inside sectors and major intersections, such as HUDA City Centre, Signature Tower, Sector 31 Road, Jharsa Chowk, Hero Honda Chowk and Iffco Chowk, suffered waterlogging. Gurgaon Society NEWS

Meanwhile, doctors at the Civil Hospital have advised people to take precautions against diseases such as dengue, malaria and chikungunya. At present, there are 5 confirmed cases of dengue, 10 of malaria, 8 of swine flu and 15 of chikungunya in Gurgaon. Neighbourhood News

NEFOWA plans a protest against Amrapali Group tomorrow

Buyers who have invested in flats by Amrapali Group in Noida and Greater Noida have decided to stage a protest outside the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority office tomorrow.  Greater Noida News

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The protest will take place under the banner of Noida Extension Flats Owner Welfare Association (NEFOWA).

Buyers said the builder had compelled them to hit the streets, as the authorities had failed to provide any solution to their problems. Members of the association were hopeful that the tripartite meetings would help resolve the builder-buyer issues, but they did not result in a positive outcome.

Shweta Bharti, the general secretary of NEFOWA, said, “All we received were empty promises and assurances. The authorities know that the builders have snubbed their orders, but have not taken any action against them. We are done with their assurances. We want results now. We want Amrapali to give possession of our flats.”

Reports of the bank auctioning the builder’s corporate office in Sector 62, Noida, has further fuelled the apprehension of buyers, especially those who have bought flats in incomplete projects. The construction of these projects was halted because of a financial crunch.

“At the protest tomorrow, we will demand Greater Noida Authority to determine whether the builder has enough funds to complete the stalled projects,” said Bharti. “We will also ask officers in the authority to allow the builder to complete the projects with the help of co-developers to ensure quicker delivery. We have come to know that the builder is willing to complete the projects along with its partners, but the authority is not allowing it.”