Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met distressed homebuyers and pulled up Noida Authority for lapses in the handling of the matter. Adityanath has directed officials to hand over 40,000 flats by December 31, while another 40,000 to be handed over by March, 2018.The UP CM also asked the Noida Authority to draw up a list of defaulter builders categorising them as per their position on the properties — one, who will be able to deliver the flats on time; two, those who need help of co-developers to complete their projects; three, those who won’t be able to complete their projects.Adityanath met distressed homebuyers at Amity University where officials of all the three authorities — Noida authority, Greater Noida Authority, and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority were present along with the heads of many home buyers’ associations.During the meeting, the distressed homebuyers kept their issues in front of Yogi and he made a note of all of them. After this, he promised the homebuyers that the 40,000 flats will be handed over to the buyers December 31, while another 40,000 would be handed over by March 31.However, the homebuyers were not satisfied with the promises made as they said the CM needed to check the ground reality. The buyers invovled in different projects in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway — such as Jaypee, Amrapali, Supertech, Unitech, Pan Oasis — also announced that they will protest against the government on Sunday at the Film City in Sector 16A.According to members of the association, during the UP elections, BJP candidates had promised flat buyers of GB Nagar that they would be giving all possible support in securing possession of homes. But, they alleged, after the BJP victory in the UP elections nothing was done for them.”We have been getting such promises from the past many years but no work on the ground has been done. All the people are just coming and giving hope but nothing is done. We are left hopeless,”said Shweta Bharti, General Secretary, NEFOWA (Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association).The UP CM also attacked previous state governments saying that all corruption had been done in their era, but the BJP government was working for the benefit of the people. He further directed the authorities to hand over a list to the three-minister panel of the builders categorising them into three lists so that they knew who needed help and against whom do they have to take action.Ninety-four projects in Noida and around 190 projects in Greater Noida are stuck owing to financial reasons. In a high-level meeting held in September this year, UP chief minister ordered officials to ensure that 50,000 homebuyers got their homes in Noida and Greater Noida areas.On December 4, the ministerial panel — during the course of a meeting with builders and officials of Noida Authority, Greater Noida Authority and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) — had declared that 32,500 flats would be delivered by the end of this month.NO HOMESAs many as 1.6 lakh homes are delayed in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway put together and homebuyers who are burdened withboth equated monthly instalments and rent said that delivery of flats being promised by authorities comprise projects that were, in any case, nearing completion and do not include the big builders in Noida, whose projects have been delayed for years or against whom insolvency proceedings are currently on. None of those projects have been revived.
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While the stray animal menace tops the civic woes of residents across the city, residents of Noida also are no stranger to the problem. In fact, they are now claiming that the number of cases of attacks by dog have gone up and despite repeated complaints, the Noida Authority refuses to even acknowledge the scenario.”We have been continuously holding meetings in the society campus against the nuisance being created by street dogs. We have knocked the doors of the Authority to take this matter seriously. They always take a written statement form us but do not act on it,” said AN Dhawan, secretary, Federation of Noida RWAs (FONRWA).According to the police, they are just helpless as when some residents register a complaint about the nuisance, some dog lovers cross register another FIR.”Last month, while shopping in Sector 37, my wife had to face a stray dog attack. She fell and broke her arm, and had to be taken for surgery. Ever since, I have been following the issue of sterilisation of street dogs with the Noida Authority, but nothing is really happening on that front,” said PR Chandna, RWA secretary of Mecon Apartments in Sector 62.Currently, according to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, you can get away with being cruel to most animals by paying a fine of anything between Rs 10 and Rs 50 in India. For repeat offenders, the penalty may go up to anything between Rs 25 and Rs 100. You could also be thrown in jail for three months. But that’s about it.”Every sector has about 20 stray dogs. This number should be checked,” a resident said.According to the chief veterinary officer (CVO) of Gautam Budh Nagar, routine sterilisation of stray dogs is very important in all urban and rural areas to control their burgeoning population. Also, it calms them down and prevents them from getting violent with other dogs and humans.Noida has an estimated 13,600 stray dogs, and the mating season, when they get territorial and aggressive, is from August to December. This has got the animal lovers worried.On September 26 this year, the Noida Authority appointed Delhi-based Dr Chawla’s Pet Hospital for the sterilisation project.Dr Nischal Chaudhary, a vet at the shelter in Sector 94, said the sterilisation drive had begun in October. “The Noida Authority asked us to sterilise at least 25 stray dogs every day, and so far, we have operated on 380 dogs. The dogs are kept in the hospital for about seven days for post-surgery care. After that, they are released in their home territory,” he added.Only time will tell whether this sterilisation drive will help normalise the man-animal conflict in the city.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To reduce traffic congestion due to unauthorised parking, the Noida Authority will hire fresh agencies to manage surface parking lots across the city. The authority on Friday said it will select agencies that will control operations at 95 parking lots earmarked on different roads of 43 sectors of Noida. The new policy will be implemented from December.The Noida Authority studied the parking policy of many countries and then prepared one for the city.Earlier, there were 41 authorised parking lots in Noida. Due to illegal parking on roads, many sectors including 2, 6, 7, 16, 18, 41, 50, 58 and 59, among others, frequently get choked because of the traffic.”At present, the authority has allowed parking on roadsides at 41 locations. These contracts will be over by the end of November. We will give new 60 parking lot contracts to new agencies through an e-tender in October. Our objective is to reduce traffic congestion,” said Sandip Chandra, senior project engineer at the Noida Authority.As per the new parking policy, the authority will charge Rs 20 for four-wheelers for the first two hours, and after that, additional money would be charged as per the time occupied by the vehicle.As per the current policy, the Noida Authority charges Rs 20 for parking four-wheelers and Rs 10 for two-wheelers for 14 hours (9 am to 11 pm) along the roads in the markets.According to the new parking policy, no parking area will be introduced within a distance of 50 meter of an intersection. On the corner plot, there will be no parking at such a place where it would be a problem to vehicles to take a turn.The authority officials said the congestion occurs as the contractors encroach upon more space than allowed for running their parking lots.”We have decided to ensure that all parking attendants will use hand-held electronic devices to issue parking slips to maintain transparency, and we will unmark the authorised areas with yellow paint. If a contractor is found going beyond the yellow area, then we will act as per the policy,” said Chandra.The authority has divided city areas into four zones, and the new 95 parking lots will also be divided into four zones accordingly. “We will hire four contractors, who will manage the lots in their respective zones,” added Chandra.At present, the Noida Authority has used one lakh 68 thousand square meter of land for parking in various sectors. Parking arrangements have been made in 41 places in the city. According to the new parking policy, the prescribed land for parking has been increased to four lakh 42 thousand square meters. At the same time, according to the new policy, 95 places have been sanctioned for parking in 43 sectors.Parking would be allowed in one lane. For this, four meters will be marked on the road by the authority.Temporary parking for any event will also need permission from the authority. For this, the fee prescribed by the authority will be deposited. The parking rate of the sector, wherever the temporary parking is allowed, or the place available will be determined by the authority.Penalty for violating parking rules will be imposed in eight ways:If the vehicle is parked outside the parking lot – Rs 500 per vehicle
Not having an electronic machine or giving false prints – Rs 500 per machine per day
On charging more for parking charges – Rs 500 per vehicle
Not being in the prescribed dress – Rs 1000 per employee per day
Not having the information board, broken or information incorrect – Rs 1000 per board per day
On non-availability of complaint book – Rs 1000 per consumer per day
On non-availability of account book – Rs 1000 per day
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Noida Authority has ordered all the builders in Gautam Buddha Nagar area to strictly follow the National Green Tribunal (NGT) guidelines on air pollution around their construction sites. In this regard, the officials of the Noida Authority had called a meeting with the CREDAI members and builders on Wednesday.The meeting was held after expressing concerns over rising air pollution in Noida by Bhure Lal, Chairman of Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA), a Supreme Court-appointed body, who had asked the Noida Authority to crack down on builders flouting environment norms.”The guidelines released by the NGT said that a realtor, individual or contractor needs to take many precautions during construction activity. Some of the guidelines included protection of vegetation around a construction site, sprinkling water to settle the dust, and covering debris with a sheet to prevent spreading of dust. The NGT order directed all authorities to implement these guidelines. We have warned the builders that if they do not follow the NGT norms, they will have to face severe consequences,” said Lal.Lal undertook an inspection in Noida on Saturday morning last week with the officials of the Noida Authority. He expressed his displeasure at the working of the authority. He visited various construction sites in sectors 125,126, 75, 76, 77 and 78 and found that environmental and building norms set by the national bodies are being openly flouted. Many projects were going on without safety measures — there was no screening for dust control, water was not sprinkled on soil, and debris was kept on the roadside.On Monday, Bhure Lal wrote a letter to the Uttar Pradesh chief secretary to ensure dug-up roads, unpaved stretches and other public spaces in Noida are refurbished to reduce air pollution.The letter also states that Noida’s air monitoring station located at Amity University along the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway needs to be calibrated because it is showing a high level of pollution, which is incorrect, a UPPCB officials said.EPCA chairman also asked the state government to calibrate the automatic air quality monitoring system as it is “not giving correct analysis” of the air quality index (AQI). In 1998, the Central government, acting on the order of the Supreme Court, had constituted the EPCA, which has the mandate to work on mitigating pollution in Delhi-NCR. After Lal asked the officials to calibrate the automatic air monitoring station at the Amity University, the updates on AQI have been suspended.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Slamming the Noida police report in a case against Managing Director of real estate firm Supertech Limited, a district court has directed the Crime Branch to reopen the case. Managing Director RK Arora has been accused of constructing extra number of flats against the map passed by the Noida Authority in one of its projects in Greater Noida.Additional Sessions Judge dismissed the final reports submitted by the Gautam Budh Nagar police in the case against Arora, who has been accused of constructing 1,904 flats, instead of the 844 sanctioned by the Greater Noida Authority in Supertech Czar in Omicron I of Greater Noida.”The police have not been able to justify the case and have not submitted satisfactory reports against Arora. We will cross verify the reports submitted by the the Noida Police and have ordered the Crime Branch to probe into the matter and take the case forward,” the order read.”When the Authority sanctioned the project for 850 flats, how can the builder construct 1,914 flats and use the greenery area for construction?” the judge rued.A complaint in this regard was filed by homebuyer Arvind Kumar Singh. The magisterial court had then, on September 25, 2014, summoned the accused to face trial for offences under Sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record),504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).According to the complaint, in 2009, Singh had booked a flat in Supertech’s Czar project in Greater Noida and paid the amount as per the demand of officials of the firm. He had alleged that he was supposed to receive the possession of the flat in 2011, for which he had paid the entire amount by 2010.”The possession was delayed and in 2014 they sent me the offer of possession via mail. I asked them for a proper occupancy certificate. They told me that they only offer the possession. So, I approached the Greater Noida Authority and asked them about the planand certification,” Singh said.He then cross-verified the project and found that the builder had constructed more flats than the sanctioned plan. He then wrote an application to the authority to recheck and filed a plea in the court against the builder.The court accepted the contention of the complainant in 2014 and ordered the police to probe into the matter and asked them to submit the final reports, which it did not find satisfactory.”In the given factual matrix of the case, in my view, the revisionists have rightly been summoned to face trial in the case,” it said.Many others Supertech homebuyers have also filed a complaint against Arora for duping them.Excess flatsManaging Director RK Arora of Superteach Limited has been accused of constructing extra number of flats against the map passed by the Noida Authority in one of its projects in Greater Noida.Additional Sessions Judge dismissed the final reports submitted by the Gautam Budh Nagar police in the case against Arora.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday filed a chargesheet against former Noida Authority Chief Engineer Yadav Singh and his family members, for having disproportionate assets worth over Rs 23 crore. The chargesheet was filed in a special Ghaziabad court.According to the CBI spokesperson, Singh, his wife Kusumlata, daughters Garima Bhushan and Karuna Singh, son Sunny Singh, daughter-in-law Shreshtha Singh, and chartered accountant Mohan Lal Rathi have been booked in the case. Three companies and a trust have also been named in the case.”Singh allegedly acquired 512 per cent above his known source of income, between 2004 and 2015. We have named his entire family and booked them as well,” CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said.Singh was the Engineer-in-Chief of the Noida Authority, Greater Noida Authority, and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA). An Income-Tax raid in November, 2014 revealed that Singh’s assets were hugely disproportionate to his income. The then Uttar Pradesh government then suspended him.According to the CBI, to undertake the work of laying underground cables from Sector 14 A to Mahamaya flyover and Film City flyover to Cambridge School in Noida, the JSP Constructions was chosen in advance. Further, estimates were inflated, bills of quantities were changed, and contractors formed a cartel to make JSP the lowest bidder, it said.The tender was opened in August-September, 2011, but the work started in April, the CBI alleged in the charge sheet.Singh was arrested in February last year. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) also attached his assets worth Rs 19.92 crore. The ED had earlier registered two ECIRs (equivalent to an FIR) under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED cases were registered on the basis of the CBI FIR.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After seeing the ad for a luxurious 3BHK flat in Jaypee Aman of Noida’s Sector 151, the first thing that Vaibhav Malhotra did was take a bank loan. It has been eight years since then. Vaibhav, and hundreds of others like him, are still waiting for their dream homes.Nearly 1,500 such aggrieved homebuyers orgainsed a protest demonstration against the Jaypee builders and the Noida Authority at Jantar Mantar on Saturday. The protesters demanded that either they be given the possession of their houses, or their money back.Holding placards, the buyers and their families raised slogans against the builders and government for failing to complete the projects in time.Meanwhile, most of these buildings, including the Jaypee Aman, are still not finished. “Whenever we visit the Jaypee office, they tell us that they don’t have any money,” Malhotra said, adding that buyers were even given a false commitment letter, which stated that construction would be over by 2015.”We are being robbed by the builders and the government has turned a blind eye. We are have been paying EMIs for the loan as well as the rent. How can we survive like this? We have been fooled,” Malhotra said. Some buyers even threatened to commit suicide. “Since nobody is listening to us, we feel like committing suicide just like the farmers. I am a retired man, and I have invested all my savings in this flat,” said homebuyer Vipul Sharma.When the protesters tried to march towards the Parliament building, they were detained and taken to the Mandir Marg police station from where they were released later. “It is really shocking that we cannot even raise our voice for our rights. The people who should be arrested are sitting comfortably and the police are dragging us to the station,” said Nimrata Jain.Recently, the Allahabad Bench of the National Company Law Tribunal had declared Jaypee Infratech as an insolvent company. Jaypee Infratech, a part of the debt-ridden Jaypee group, has defaulted on Rs 526.11 crore outstanding loan to the IDBI bank. After the insolvency case, buyers have been left in the lurch.The Insolvency Resolution Professional (IRP) has come up with a few clarifications regarding a resolution plan and chances of refund for stalled projects.The IRP has come up with a list of 27 projects under three land parcels where buyers can submit a claim. Many buyers are confused about whether to file claims against the Jaypee Infratech or the JaypeeAssociates.The tribunal has further advised homebuyers, employees, and creditors of Jaypee projects to file their claims before August 24. “According to the new rules, homebuyers won’t be a part of the committee of creditors. Therefore, we are a bit reluctant. We are also creditors, like banks, so why is our category being diluted? The IRP has not clarified anything but only stated what the court has asked them to do,” Sanjay Pradhan, a homebuyer, said.The bank, which had given the loan to the Jaypee group had recently moved a petition for Jaypee Infratech’s insolvency, following which a series of protests erupted.False promises 2009 Jaypee came up with different projects 2012 Promised to deliver flats in 36 months 2015 Kept making promises and delaying the flats 2016 Several protests were held but no action or progress in the projects/homes. August 9, 2017 Jaypee declares itself bankruptThe company Jaypee Infratech, which is developing about 32,000 flats has not delivered homes under 27 different projects.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Noida Authority has now planned to rope in private agencies to keep an eye on private developers’ realty projects. These agencies will, from time to time, give a report on the status of these realty projects to the Authority.Explaining the details, Noida Authority, Officer on Special Duty, Santosh Kumar, told DNA that on Saturday, private agencies gave a presentation to the Authority. A decision will soon be taken by the Authority as to whom to hire.When asked about the idea of hiring agencies, Kumar said that the Noida Authority has not enough manpower to keep an eye on each realty project.”In tripartite meetings with the Authority, home buyers and their concerned developers, the developers gave a timeline for the completion of projects. But the Authority cannot rely on their words alone, as it affects lakhs of home buyers. Keeping that in mind, we will rope in four to five private agencies to check on the status of developers’ projects,” Kumar said.After DNA reported that the Yogi government would take legal action against errant developers, the Noida Authority had issued notices to 24 developers on Tuesday. The Authority has also asked these developers to submit their action plan to render relief to home buyers.Notices have been issued to Ajnara, Logix, Supertech, Omaxe, Unitech, Antriksh, Assotech (Windsor Court), Laureate buildwell, Divine India, Today Homes, SDS infratech, etc. The Authority said it is making all attempts to hand over flats to home buyers.In this context on Friday a meeting of noted private banks representatives meeting was organised by the Noida Authority.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to help developers hand over ‘sick’ realty projects to buyers, Noida Authority has started meeting members from financial institutions to see if they can help. In this context, on Friday, a meeting with bank representatives’ was organised by the Authority.Post the meeting, Noida Authority’s OSD Santosh Kumar said, “Due to poor performance from the developers, many banks are maintaining a distance from helping realty projects in Noida. We have roped in Axis, ICICI and Canera bank among others to provide financial assistance to complete these sick realty projects.”Reviving sick realty projects and handing over flats to home buyers has been a priority for the Yogi government ever since it came to power.Following the instructions of the government, the Authority first began calling tripartite meetings. These included the Authority, 41 developers, and their home buyers. In the meetings, the developers promised to submit an action plan with the Authority. But a month after the meeting, 24 out of the 41 developers failed to submit the promised action plan as to how and when they would finish the project and render relief to home buyers.Due to the lack of action, the Yogi government authorised a crack down and the Authority has sent notices to 24 errant developers. The notices have been issued to Ajnara, Logix, Supertech, Omaxe, Unitech, Antriksh, Assotech (Windsor Court), Laureate buildwell, Divine India, Today Homes, SDS Infratech etc.In the meantime, several developers have looked to exit ‘sick’ realty projects under the Project Settlement Policy (PSP). PSP policy gives developers an exit route from projects that they are unable to execute.They require developers to surrender land and can retrieve money from the Authority, minus 15 per cent which was the amount deposited. Then the developer has to settle the dues of all home buyers who have invested in the project and obtain an NOC from them. Once this is done, buyers can look for another project to invest in. STRICT ACTIONThe Yogi government authorised a crackdown on the builders who have failed to submit the promised action plan on how and when they would finish the project. Authority has sent notices to 24 errant developers
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court today directed the CBI to file a counter affidavit on a petition filed by a former project engineer of Noida Authority, who has challenged proceedings initiated against him by a lower court in a multi-crore-rupee tender allotment scam. A Division Bench comprising Justice A K Tripathi and Justice D S Tripathi asked the investigating agency to file its reply on the petition by Vimal Kumar Manglik, who has sought quashing of proceedings initiated by the special CBI court at Ghaziabad, which has also issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him. The court, however, declined to interfere in the NBW issued by the lower court and directed Manglik to appear before it within two weeks. Manglik had alleged that while the charge sheet against him was filed by the CBI “contrary to the law”, the court had issued the NBW without a summons order and that he came to know about the warrant only through newspaper reports. Manglik is among the co-accused in the scam along with the infamous former engineer-in-chief of Noida Authority Yadav Singh, who has been accused of owning properties worth nearly Rs 1000 crore, hugely disproportionate to his known sources of income.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has turned down the bail plea of former Noida Authority chief engineer Yadav Singh on technical grounds in connection with a money-laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against him. A bench of Justice Ramesh Sinha and Justice Rekha Dixit passed the order yesterday. Singh, in his bail petition, had contended that since a chargesheet was not submitted by the investigating agency within the statutory period, he was technically entitled to bail. The petitioner had also assailed the order of the special ED court, rejecting his bail plea earlier. Opposing the plea, the ED counsel said the chargesheet was forwarded within the statutory time limit and hence, Singh’s argument did not hold water. Considering that the chargesheet was filed “in time”, the court dismissed the petition. In 2015, the ED had slapped money-laundering charges against Singh, who was the engineer-in-chief of the Noida Authority, Greater Noida Authority and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority, on the basis of an FIR lodged by the CBI. Earlier, an Income Tax raid in November 2014 had revealed that Singh’s assets were hugely disproportionate to his income, following which he was suspended by the then Uttar Pradesh government. The Allahabad High Court had directed the CBI, in July 2015, to investigate the case stating that the allegations were most serious.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noida Authority Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Amit Mohan Prasad has ordered a probe after a DNA report revealed that as many as 4,700 ghost employees in the corporation have been drawing a salary of Rs 6 crore every month.He also directed the officials concerned to open Aadhar-linked bank accounts for all contract employees, and confirm the credentials of the staffers as well as the manpower-providing agencies. The contract employees will also need to register with the Labour Department.DNA was the first to report that as many as 4,700 contract employees had been drawing a salary of Rs 6 crore per month for years, but there was no evidence to prove these staffers’ existence.Talking to DNA, CEO Prasad said he has directed the officials concerned to make a list of contract employees and manpower supply agencies. “We will check the credentials of both contract employees and manpower supplying agencies. I have also directed that all the employees must open Aadhar-linked bank accounts,” he said.Prasad further said the Authority’s team will conduct regular inspections to check whether these employees were physically present on duty or not. Stringent action will be taken against guilty contract employees or agencies, he said.Former Noida Authority Chairman and CEO Rama Raman, had ordered a probe on March 29, 2016, to identify the number of staffers appointed in different departments, payments made to the manpower sourcing agencies, the process of hiring agencies and manpower, and credentials of the placement agencies, including their registered addresses, etc. Authority Deputy CEO Saumya Srivastav was appointed to lead the probe.DNA exclusively accessed some documents related to the Authority’s probe. Sources said the credentials of several manpower agencies were not checked for years. They have also been accused of not taking any concrete action.AnalysisA high-level, free and fair investigation is needed to unearth this well-organised racket, which cannot run without the involvement of several Noida Authority officials. In fact, Rs 6 crore is only an initial finding