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Curbing encroachments

Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) Vice-Chairman Narendra Kumar Chaudhary talked to HT about GDA’s vision for the fast-growing city and the challenges it faces. Excerpts:

india Updated: Oct 04, 2009 23:19 IST
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Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) Vice-Chairman Narendra Kumar Chaudhary talked to HT about GDA’s vision for the fast-growing city and the challenges it faces. Excerpts:

How do you plan to bring a balanced growth between Trans-Hindon and old city areas?
While the Trans-Hindon area has seen tremendous growth in recent years, we have also improved the infrastructure and facilities in the old areas to keep up with the development process. New flyover projects, beautification of crossings, improvement in traffic conditions and removal of encroachments have taken place in these areas. We plan to maintain the originality of the old city areas with the infusion of new development plans. Link-roads between the highways and city areas is also proposed.

What changes have been proposed to improve GDA's efficiency and services?
We plan to introduce new computer-based corporate techniques. We are also planning to computerise the manual file systems, encourage the staff’s computer literacy and the introduction of bio-metric attendance systems to maintain discipline and accountability. It will ensure transparency and check delays to a great extent. Strict departmental action and fixing of responsibility will ensure a better working environment and increased efficiency.

There has been a delay in land-allotment for electric sub-stations and waste-disposal site. Removing encroachment is a big problem in Ghaziabad. How do you plan to deal with it?
We are working speedily on the issue of waste-disposal site plan. A search is on in Dujana area for a waste-disposal site. Out of several electric sub-station sites we have identified two feasible sites where the land has been allotted. Encroachment drives are conducted regularly and we are dealing strictly with this issue as it has hampered development and public facilities.