SC asks Amrapali for plan on delayed projects
The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the embattled real estate firm Amrapali to submit a comprehensive plan with a time line in seven days on how it would complete its pending projects. Observing that “it is concerned” about the home buyers money who have “put their entire savings of life”, the top court said these funds should not be diverted to something else.
“Comprehensive proposal with respect to all the projects including details about stages of work, funds needed and time line for completion should be filed by the company in seven days”, a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy said. The top court observed that it should desist from “asking for refund of money to the home buyers” and it should be done “only in the case when the projects are not viable”.
It also asked the authorities of Noida and Greater Noida, the Committee of Creditors, the Interim Resolution Professional (IRP) and other parties to file their responses to the proposal submitted by the company in ten days and posted the matter for further hearing on February 21. At the outset, advocate M L Lahoty, appearing for home buyers, said this was the case of 42,000 flats owners in various projects of Amrapali, who are seeking refund of their money. Hence, as directed by the top court in the Jaypee case, flat owners should be directed to register their names in a portal, he said, adding that currently the portal was restricted for registration of home buyers of only Silicon City project of the company.
The bench said this was a “serious issue” and a “complicated case” wherein it has to go into the details of the money paid by home buyers and the loans and mortgage made to secure that loan. Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, appearing for Amrapali, said one Galaxy Developers has come forward to develop the flats in a timely manner. He said the pending flats will be completed in seven phases from 2018 to 2021 as under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA), it has time till 2022 to complete the project. “The money of home buyers will be diverted to an escrow account and will only be used for completion of projects”, Kumar said.