GREATER NOIDA: The only ‘freehold’ property ever sold by GNIDA, a 100-acre prime plot in sector Omega, at a stone’s throw from the city’s central hub – Pari Chowk, is now an unkempt stretch of shabby wasteland.
In 1996, the land was sold by GNIDA to Ansal Housing on a freehold basis. Ansal Housing sold the land in 822 divided plots. Of this, over 400 plots have been developed into residential houses, either single storey or double storey. The rest of the land still lie unused and vacant.
For those who reside at Golf Links I, life is not short of being a nightmare. Roads are almost non-existent. Craters, ditches and potholes make driving a task within the complex. The land plots which lie vacant are now overgrown with shrubs and bushes. The best part is nobody wants to take ownership. Electricity supply, water supply are both scanty.
“It was sold on free-hold basis to the builders, so the maintenance of the area is now their responsibility,” Leenu Sehgal, GM Planning of GNIDA told media. “We have a special team looking into such issues where the builder has suddenly washed his hands off a project with no one there to take responsibility of its maintenance. But GNIDA is not in a position to take care of all such abandoned projects,” a senior GNIDA officer further explained.
“The problem of Golf Links I is that of the plots that have been built upon, many are just token constructions, done to retain the land. Most people who bought the plots 10 years ago, purchased at low rates and they have parked their funds. Now they want to stay invested, so their returns keep growing. But from our end, building an entire road network is not financially feasible. Because the society already has an RWA in place, we request them to take a handover of the maintenance. They can share the cost and do it themselves,” Karun Ansal, president, projects, Ansal Housing told media.
“The buyers, especially those of us who are residing here are now caught between the inaction of GNIDA and Ansal Housing; so finally after knocking on either doors for year, we finally went to NCDRC last year. In the last hearing in the court in July, the case has been admitted for hearing. Our main contention is that because the GNIDA had sold this land to Ansals on the basis of an understanding that the entire are will have to be developed by them; then on what basis has the GNIDA give completion certificates to the builder. Apart from roads, the community hall and many such facilities never came up. Power supply is a major problem. Often there is no water. We pay regular maintenance charges to a private maintenance agency appointed by the builder; but that is about it. We have demanded a financial compensation from the builder in the NCDRC for such gross negligence,” Rajit Khanna, general secretary, Golf Links I, RWA, said.
“We are looking into this, and we shall check the same closely, further,” CEO, GNIDA, Deepak Agarwal, told media. The next hearing of the case in NCDRC is on October 25.
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