A Noida project of real estate developer Supertech Limited continues to remain under a cloud with the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) refusing to issue partial completion certificates (PCC) for three phases of its ‘Upcountry’ township project.
Spread across 100 acres in Sector 17A, Gautam Budh Nagar district, the plot was allotted to the developer in 2010. –
While YEIDA said the building map should follow 2009 building norms, the builder claimed it should follow the 2010 building bylaws. Even as the issue is pending with the Uttar Pradesh government, the veracity of a government order — dated September 13, 2011 — allegedly sent to the YEIDA CEO by Alok Kumar, secretary of Industrial Development Department, UP government, is under question.
The letter stated that Supertech be given permission to follow the 2010 building bylaws, “if the plot is vacant and no building has been constructed”.
According to YEIDA officials, it received a complaint last year after Supertech submitted its plan for the project. “They had applied for partial completion certificates (PCC) for three phases of the project. Somebody filed a complaint to the authority saying the plan followed 2010 building bylaws. The complainant also said the builder was eligible to follow the 2009 building bylaws, not 2010,” said Arun Vir Singh, CEO, YEIDA.
The complainant also said the government order was fake. “We then wrote to the government on the issue in September 2015,” said Singh.
The UP government, however, was unable to verify the authenticity of the letter. “The government said the letter was not issued with the reference number mentioned. Hence, they were unable to verify its authenticity. But the government did not clarify whether the document had been forged or if the order had been issued by them,” he added.
Meanwhile, YEIDA officials claimed Supertech “never referred to the government order”. “We have initiated an inquiry into the manner in which the order reached our files. We have also asked the government to verify the official under whose name the letter was issued,” said Singh.
As the authenticity of the order was under question, YEIDA cancelled the PCC in October 2015 and asked the builder to submit a fresh map, following the 2009 building bylaws, within 35 days. Supertech approached the UP government against YEIDA’s directions, claiming they were entitled to get benefits under the 2010 building bylaws.
“The government asked us for a detailed response on the case, which was submitted in January. The matter is pending before the government. The plot allotment, lease or project have not been cancelled. Only the PCC has not been approved. If the builder submits a fresh plan as per 2009 building bylaws, it will be passed and PCCs issued,” added Singh.
Stating that the contention between YEIDA and the builder only concerned which set of building bylaws should be adhered to, Supertech Chairman R K Arora said, “None of our projects have been cancelled and no documents were forged. There is no need for our investors to worry. After construction, we had applied for completion certificates and YEIDA raised some concerns. We have given our representation to the government. It is under consideration. We submitted the plan as per the 2010 bylaws since the land was allotted to us that year.”
One of the investors, however, expressed concern over the project. “I have bought some property in the township. I paid the builder but we have not taken possession of the flat. I came to know about issues with the project today. We have not received any assurance from Supertech. We are trying to ascertain the gravity of the situation,” he said. –