Buyer moves into unfinished Amrapali Zodiac flat

NOIDA: A buyer with a flat in Tower A of Zodiac society in Sector 120 — having waited for over a year for the beleaguered builder Amrapali to complete the flat’s construction and fetching the no objection certificate (NOC) from authorities — has moved into the flat with his family.
The flat is incomplete, with flooring in one room, kitchen and fittings in bathrooms yet to be completed, but Akhilesh Verma moved in any way, citing financial constraints, becoming the first person to move into Zodiac without an NOC.
Living in a flat without NOC is not permitted by law, but Verma said his hand was forced. His decision has been supported by 21 Zodiac residents who have signed an undertaking in his support. There are 200 flats in Tower A and B of the society, where the builder has handed over keys to buyers, but they are unable to move in for lack of NOCs, which are only given to properties after a builder completes a flat and other common area constructions, and submits the fee for the certificate.
Out of Amrapali’s 42,000 flats, 25,000 are yet to be completed, leaving thousands of buyers in the lurch. In Zodiac alone, only 1,700 of 2,500 flats are occupied. Even in the completed flats, there are several infrastructure gaps. Verma said he was forced to flout the NOC rule.
“I could take this step only because of support from other buyers. The builder had handed me the key as I had paid up in full much before its financial and legal battles spilled over. I was indecisive about shifting as the builder had promised to finish the interiors before applying for NOC, but I finally decided to get it all done on my own. I have got the bathrooms and kitchen completed. The walls need finishing, but we’re relieved to have moved in, instead of having to live on rent. I used to spend Rs 48,000 every month (Rs 25,000 as EMI; Rs 23,000 as rent), which I couldn’t bear any longer,” Verma said.
His decision was supported by 21 residents. “We took responsibility for Verma’s family as he was suffering from mental agony from financial stress. I think his decision will encourage others to follow,” said Joginder Singh, former vice-president of Amrapali Zodiac Residents Welfare Association.


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