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Buyers beware: Land mafia on prowl in Noida Extention

india Updated: Jan 23, 2012 00:23 IST
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Illegal sale of plots to unsuspecting buyers is on the rise in Noida Extension. About 20 builders/developers, mostly from Delhi, are buying land, already notified for acquisition by the government, from farmers and selling plots to those looking for cheap land for housing.

The Greater Noida authority has formed teams to probe the matter, lodge FIRs and raze all illegal structures coming up on such plots.

Sources said some builders are even getting roads constructed and electricity poles installed in order to lure homebuyers.

Anil Nagar, an office-bearer of Gautam Buddha Nagar Bar Association, warned, "These developers are fooling buyers by selling plots in notified areas. It is illegal."

However, the developers claimed to have paid developmental charges to the authority. They said they are buying only abadi land, which is never notified for acquisition, and selling plots there. Recently, the Noida authority had demolished structures in Shahberi and Jalpura villages.

"We have sold 25 bighas of land in Jalpura. And now have launched another project spread in 15 bighas. We are selling a 100 yard plot for R8 lakh only," said a senior executive of LR Techno build Pvt Ltd. The firm claimed its project has been approved by the authority. Another firm, Sharma Associates in Shahberi, also claimed their project is legitimate.

Officials have, however, warned buyers to be alert.

"We have prepared a list of villages, which include Shahberi, Jalpura, Kundi Khera, Devla, Haibtapur, Kulesra and Dhummanikpur, where developers are selling plots," said Akhilesh Singh, deputy chief executive officer (DECO) of the authority.

"In such deals, buyers will suffer in the end. We will take strict action against the offenders. These unauthorised colonies will have to survive without roads, electricity, sewerage system and storm water management because maps are not approved by the authority," said Singh. He said those who have entered into a deal of any plot in notified areas should lodge an FIR against the coloniser before it's too late.

In July last year, the Supreme Court quashed land acquisition in Shahberi. Later, the Allahabad HC did the same in village Patwari.