Amrapali buyers take out march, hold funeral of their homes

Amrapali Group protest

Frustrated with the inordinate delay in getting possession of the houses they had invested in, the Amrapali homebuyers organised a funeral rally in Noida on Sunday.

Around 700 homebuyers took part in ‘armano ki arthi’ (Bier of desires) as a part of their ongoing protest against the Amrapali group.

Homebuyers gathered to observe the “funeral” of the homes that were promised but not delivered. “Our patience has been tested. It is high time that the builder does something. Our dream has been shattered,” homebuyer Mannu Kumar said.

The protest of homebuyers against Amrapali in Noida is about to copmlete almost a month now, demanding for a date for possession of their delayed flats.

The protesters marched from Sector 62 towards the stadium in Noida. Former MLA Vimla Batham and MP Mahesh Sharma, who were there at the stadium, left as soon as the homebuyers started their march. Both of them were present at the stadium for ground breaking ceremony for celebrations.

“The leaders present at the stadium vanished as soon as we reached. If ministers escape this way, who is going to assure us and hear our problems?” a buyer rued.

Sumit Swaroop, another buyer, said: “People have been on a hunger strike and no one is paying any attention. That is why, we decided to do something different to make our voices heard at a higher level, as builders are not interacting with us directly.”

Recently, the ruling party has created a 3 member committee to listen to the grievances of homebuyers in Greater Noida and Noida. Swaroop, however, said: “Even though the committee has stated that co-developers will complete the projects soon, we have no idea when the work will start or when will we get our homes. Many questions have been left unanswered.”

Investor Hitesh Nakhashi said that the protest will continue in front of the Amrapali office till their last breath. Echoing the sentiment, other buyers said they have already given their money to the developer, and now the time has come to give their lives as well.

“We have no other option left. We will fight against the politicians and the developers’ lobby till our last breath,” buyers said.

As many as 8 FIRs were registered against the Amrapali builders on Saturday.

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