The court is hearing a petition filed by the Confederation of NCR Residents Welfare Association (CONRWA) on July 5 this year. “We have made an appeal before the high court for converting leasehold property to freehold in Noida. Two hearings have already taken place. During the latest one on September 14, the state government sought more time from the court,” said PS Jain, the CONRWA president.
According to Jain, the government lawyer informed the court that the appeal by residents was under active consideration and sought more time since the policy decision required a cabinet approval. “Our counsel objected to this, saying that a month’s time had already been given to the respondents in an earlier hearing. The high court then directed the respondents to take a final decision within the said period. It clarified that any further delay would not be accepted,” said Jain.
The demand for freehold property in Noida has been pending for more than 10 years. Through sustained campaigns, the Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations (FONRWA) managed to get the Noida Authority board’s approval in 2018 and 2020. But the matter is pending with the government.
According to the current setup, old properties in Noida are under 99 years’ lease while those relatively new are leased for 90 years. This is in contrast to other districts of UP.
“In UP, the freehold policy has been in existence since 1995. It is applicable in all major towns. Even some of the industrial authorities have allotted freehold land to developers. The Noida board has approved the policy. The state government should expedite its decision too,” said Sushil Aggarwal, one of the early settlers of Noida and a founding member of FONRWA.