The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) on Wednesday told the Allahabad High Court that no plan on developing any golf course on forest land had been finalised and that it had only executed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the municipal corporation to develop the area as per Master Plan 2021.
The GDA submission came in the form of a counter affidavit in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a Ghaziabad resident.
Alok Kumar, who is also the vice chairman (Indirapuram zone) of Ghaziabad RWA Federation, raised the issue of the GDA allegedly developing a golf course on 37 acres of city forest land in violation of law. He said trees were allegedly allowed to die by letting toxic sewer water flow into the forest land.
Kumar had initially filed the PIL for the effective implementation of the UP Apartment Act 2010. He later filed a supplementary affidavit, raising the issue of the proposed golf course.
In a previous hearing on October 4, the high court had passed an interim order ordering status quo over two green areas, Sai Upvan and Kanha Upvan. Both areas are designated city forest areas under the GDA Master Plan 2021. A couple of months ago, the municipal corporation had given a no-objection certificate to the GDA for the development of certain facilities over these two areas.
Replying to Kumar's PIL, the GDA maintained that "no project, as alleged, has been finalised and the authority shall act strictly as per the Master Plan-2021 and all efforts would be made to preserve the existing trees in the area". The authority also requested the court that the interim order to be vacated.
On the issue of sewer water, the authority said the area concerns the municipal corporation and no reply was required from the GDA.