NOIDA: Hundreds of residents took to streets on Wednesday demanding 'free-hold' status on their properties against 'lease-hold' as of now. The protesters gathered outside the Sector 6 office of Noida Authority as the deadline given by the Federation of Noida RWAs (FONRWA) for conversion of land rights expired on January 15.
The federation has been campaigning for years demanding free-hold status for Noida properties. However, the demand has recently gathered steam after several plot allottees, most of them in Sector 71, received lease cancellation notices from Noida Authority over non-compliance of some rules.
Noida has emerged as a major destination for home buyers over the last few years. Noida and Greater Noida, along with Yamuna Expressway and Noida Extension, provide aff
"This is for the right of every resident of Noida and Greater Noida. We face the threat of lease cancellation over trivial issues. In every city of this country, free-hold right is granted to property owners. We are also demanding for permanent ownership over our properties," said N P Singh, president, FONRWA.
The FONRWA protesters were joined by several other city-based organisations including Noida Entrepreneurs Association (NEA) and RWAs of Greater Noida. Many independent civil society representatives also joined the demonstration.
Later in the day, Noida authority officials met FONRWA representatives and assured them of complete cooperation. "The officials have told us that the issue will be discussed during the authority's board meeting on February 7. They have also promised to look into our demand of making changes to the land use pattern in the twin-cities," said a FONRWA member who attended the meeting.