Freehold property issue to be taken up by Noida's RWA federation
The federation will be meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in the coming days, apart from writing to authority CEO P K Agarwal on the matter.
“When we fought the elections for the Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations (FONRWA) and won since last two terms (latest election win of Sept 20, 2015) the first thing we promised the residents of this city is to get the DND toll free and all property freehold for residents of Noida. It took us four years’ legal fight to get the DND toll free on Oct 26 this year. Now we want to fulfil our promise of getting all property freehold in Noida,” N P Singh president FONRWA told TOI.
For this, Singh plans to meet chief minister Akhilesh Yadav within this month and has already written to authority CEO P K Agarwal on the matter. “We had given the authority two months’ time (in Sept 2016) to address our long pending plea on freehold land for Noida after which we’d planned to take out protest dharnas on the streets. That two month time is coming to an end now. Hence we will be meeting the chief minister on the matter as soon as he gives us a date. And if our plea is not heard, we will take out protests across the city,” said Singh.
The RWA federation had raised a similar demand for Noida earlier. “Freehold property for residents of Noida has been our long standing demand since 2007. The Samajwadi Party manifesto also guarantees the same as chief minister Akhilesh Yadav made a poll promise to the voters of Noida on the matter, yet the demand has not been addressed till date,” said A N Dhawan, secretary general FONRWA.
According to RWA umbrella body, even though Noida city was set up around 40 years back, the system of lease-hold property has been prevalent since its inception. Consequently, citizens of the city are continually insecure. “Majority of allottees in Noida have already paid one-time lease rent. Hence this 99-year lease is gross injustice towards residents of the district. Successive governments in the past have simply used the promise of freehold as a mere poll promise without any redressal so far. It’s high time this demand of residents of G B Nagar is addressed,” said Singh.
The RWA federation reiterates that the system of lease-hold property does not exist in any other prominent city of Uttar Pradesh except Noida and Greater Noida. “Even Delhi has converted the leasehold land in equally developed neighbouring city of Delhi has already been converted into freehold long back. Given the situation, the demand for freehold is urgent and essential and we will not stop till we achieve it,” Singh told TOI.