Residents of Sethi Max Royal apartment stage protest

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Residents of the Sethi Max Royal Apartment on Wednesday staged a protest against the builder for not paying bills in response to a cut water supply.

A large number of residents participated in the protest with a lot of enthusiasm.

Some of their raised demands apart from water supply include speedy registration of flats, seepage issues to be solved, parking spaces, a proper passage for fire tenders to pass through, improved standard of housekeeping and security.

The residents have already given letters to the concerned authorities.

Residents of as much as six housing complexes from Sector 74, Sector 76 and Sector 78 in Noida has been facing water crisis after their developers failed to pay water bills. On Monday, they met the Noida authority’s chief executive officer (CEO) Alok Tandon and other officials, seeking their intervention in the issue.

The authority officials said they will recover dues from the builders.

Earlier, the authorities had warned defaulters to cut off water supply if the dues were not paid at the earliest. They cut off the water supply of 28 consumers who failed to clear dues. The authority is yet to recover its dues that amount to Rs 28 crore.

Residents were quite angry at it. “We pay maintenance to the developer every month. The maintenance fee includes water bills, security services, and other facilities that the builder provides. We are troubled since we came to know that the authority will cut water supply. Authority officials have refused help on this issue. Now, we don’t know what to do because the developer is also not paying attention to us,” said a resident of Sethi Max Royal apartment complex in Sector 76.

The residents shifted in these complexes almost three years ago. The builder is responsible for taking care of civic services, water supply, security, cleanliness among others.

Mayank Sethi, director of Sethi Max Royal Group, said, “In last three years, the authority has sent a bill of Rs 42 lakh first time since residents moved into the complex. The authority has imposed interest and is charging Rs 42 lakh, which is too high. We will recover the dues from residents and then pay it. It will take time to recover dues from residents. We have written to the authority to discuss this issue. We hope it will be resolved soon.”

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