Website not updated for 6 months, allottees at receiving end
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The Uttar Pradesh government's efforts to ensure transparency in the allotment of plots under Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority has come to a standstill as the authority has failed to update its website for the past six months.
The allottees, who had paid to use the online facility, are complaining that they are unable to view the status of their records and payments online, as promised by the authority.
YEIDA officials said they had cancelled the contract of the company concerned as it was unable to meet the deadline. However, representatives of the company, who have moved court, alleged the delay was because records were not made available to them in time. YEIDA, the biggest authority under NCR region, had charged Rs 1,000 from about 20,000 allottees of Sector 18 and Sector 20 to make details of their land records, payments and other transactions available online through a link on their official website. The authority, through a tender process, had selected Noida-based Astrowix India Project Solutions Ltd for providing online facilities such as payments, making land records available, getting approval of the building plan, etc.
"For the first few months in 2010, we were able to view our records and status of payments online. But then delays started and a few months ago, the service was withdrawn from the website. We paid Rs 1,000 to use the service and were given a unique number to log into our accounts. But now, the only way we can find out about the status of our payments is to spend time at the authority's office," said an allottee who has bought a 300 sqm plot from YEIDA.
An agreement was signed between the authority and the company on November 11, 2009, for a phase-wise computerisation of records and to provide other IT-enabled services for the next 10 years. However, claiming that the company was not able to meet its deadline, the authority cancelled its contract six months ago. The company then moved the court.
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