Noida Realtors woo buyers to gain teeth in land- buy cases

Real Estate Developers in Noida Extension are trying to woo home buyers to strengthen their case in court for getting land back from the farmers, even as the real estate crisis in the region worsens as more farmers move court against acquisition of their land.

The strategy seems to be to build up pressure by highlighting the demands of home buyers and, thus, ensure that the verdicts in the cases that are yet to be decided go in favour of the builders.  A group of developers are already holding talks with a self- appointed representative of home buyers in Greater Noida (West) to mobilise their sentiments and desire to get a dream home to bolster their case.

The builders are also using the services of public relations ( PR) agencies to distribute handouts highlighting the home buyers’ points of view and, also, forward SMS campaigns every day.

“I received an SMS from the buyer’s association. However, I did not get this directly but through PR agencies of developers. It is very hard to distinguish whether it came from developers or from home buyers. Everything seems so well managed,” Shirish Thakur, a home buyer, told MAIL TODAY .

The Noida Extension Flat Buyers’ Association submitted a memorandum to the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority ( GNIDA) on Saturday asking the authority to re- negotiate with farmers and to resolve the land issue as soon as possible.

“What is interesting is that the memorandum hardly speaks of the problem of getting refunds from developers and the delay in the projects. All it speaks of is getting land back from the farmers,” Thakur said. The association, headed by retired IAS officer R. P. Tyagi, has filed a petition in Allahabad High Court appealing that it be made a party in all the petitions filed by the farmers. “We want the court to hear the buyers’ point of view as they are also the aggrieved party. We will be applying for this in other cases as well,” Tyagi added.

“It is gathered from the mood of the agitating farmers that their demand is primarily for enhanced compensation. If the authority takes initiative it should not be very difficult to reach a settlement with the farmers,” the memorandum said.

“We, the bonafide flat- buyers, have come to you with the expectation that you will understand our plight and accept the mistakes committed in the past and also settle this matter with the farmers without any further delay before any more adverse decisions are pronounced by the Hon’ble Allahabad High Court,” the memorandum read.

However, some home buyers just want their money back. “Most of us who have put our money into buying these homes just want our money back. No one is interested in being part of the litigation. Let the court decide it,” Arun Mishra, an angry home buyer, told M AIL T ODAY . The farmers are also not willing to back down.

“The developers are hand- inglove with GNIDA. They first duped buyers and now they have refused to pay any money to their contractors. No one is raising these issues,” said Girish Nagar, a farmer Grom Dhada village. “ Moreover, they are telling buyers that we are protesting just for money. This is not true. We are protesting for our land and will continue to do so. Just as the homes of buyers are at stake, our lands are also at stake. Why do they forget that?” asked Nagar.

MODUS OPERANDI

Builders use the services of PR agencies to highlight the home buyers’ points of view and also forward SMS campaigns every day. The Noida Extension Flat Buyers’ Association has submitted a memorandum to GNIDA asking the authority to renegotiate with the farmers to resolve the land row The association has filed a petition in Allahabad HC appealing that it be made a party in all petitions filed by the farmers.

THE SYMPATHY CARD?

The real estate developers attempt to build pressure by highlighting the demands of home buyers to ensure that the verdicts in the yet- to- be- decided cases go in favour of the builders. Realtors are in talks with a representative of home buyers in Noida Extension to mobilise their sentiments and desire to get a dream home to bolster their case

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