A board meeting that was held on Friday also failed to devise a roadmap. A total of 32,000 flats had been approved in various housing projects that were planned as part of the sports cities. Of them, only 10,000 flats have been handed over so far while the remaining are under various stages of construction. The Authority is yet to recover over Rs 4,000 crore from the builders who had been allocated land.
The projects had been planned across the city — sectors 78, 79, 101, 150 and 152. A total of 45 projects were supposed to come up, with a major chunk of the development work in sectors 79 and 150.
All these Sports City projects have breached their respective deadlines.
On January 18 this year, the Authority had constituted a committee to explore viable options and find a solution for the homebuyers. But it is yet to come up with any plan.
“No decision has been made on the sports cities yet. The proposals of the Noida Authority have been evaluated. Some additional details have been sought by the government,” said Sanjeev Mital, the chairman of the Noida Authority and the infrastructure and industrial development commissioner of the state.
Sources said the Authority had sent two proposals to the government. “But there has been no clear-cut direction so far. It is a legacy issue that has been thrust upon us and we cannot take any decision without the government’s instructions,” said an official.
The Sports City issue has gone back and forth several times between the Authority and the state government over the past eight months, but there has been no headway. Sources said the officials were treading cautiously in the aftermath of the Supreme Court verdict on the Supertech twin towers.
During an evaluation process, it was found that the land offered for the sports cities had been shown as “recreational greens” in the original master plan. “A Sports City was originally planned on the land. But only sports or allied activities could have been allowed. There was no scope for group housing projects. To amend the master plan, a due procedure has to be followed, which, it seems, was not done at that time. Officials are worried about this,” a source said.
Buyers expressed concern. “Our patience is running out. The public representatives had promised a solution for us long ago. We were hopeful that the government will solve the problem,” said Din Bandhu Nayak, a buyer in Civitech Stadia in Sector 79.