A TUG of war is going on between the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) over 10 acres of land worth crores, at a prime location in Ghaziabad.
A huge plot of land was allotted to the PAC years ago for raising the 41st Battalion in Ghaziabad but recently the GDA served notice on the PAC to re-acquire 10 acres of the land on the plea that the PAC had taken extra and illegal possession on 10 acres of the land in addition to what was officially allotted to it.
The 10-acre piece of land has allegedly been auctioned in favour of a Delhi-based builder despite the fact that it is still in possession of the PAC and the issue is yet to be resolved at the higher level in the government.
A senior PAC boss, while talking to Hindustan Times here on Wednesday, admitted that the 41st Battalion had ‘encroached’ upon 10 acres of land in addition to what was allotted initially.
However, the GDA had later agreed to formally regularise the ‘excess’ land in favour of the 41st Battalion at a meeting in which senior officers of all the concerned departments, including Housing, PAC, GDA and others were present and a unanimous decision was taken that the disputed land would be regularised in favour of the 41st Battalion on payment of usual charges, informed a senior officer of the PAC.
He claimed that the unanimous decision was taken on the request of the PAC that the 41st Battalion needed the land for security reasons and everybody had agreed. Not only that, the GDA had even ‘offered’ more land, if needed, adjacent to that 10-acre plot on which the PAC had taken illegal possession, he said adding that the area, which was deserted then, had now been fully developed and was surrounded by multi-storeyed complexes and excellent infrastructure.
On the other hand, a senior officer of the GDA told Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity that the decision to re-acquire 10 acres of the land from the 41st PAC Battalion was taken after the PAC did not respond to repeated reminders and notices asking it to deposit the required fee for regularisation of the land in its favour.
He disputed the PAC claim that a decision was taken in the government to regularise the excess land in its favour and contrary to the PAC claims, said that the State Government had already turned down the PAC’s demand for regularising the plot in its favour.
The prevailing confusion over the disputed land was confounded further when one of the seniormost officers of the PAC told Hindustan Times that he recently sent an IG and a DIG to Ghaziabad to ascertain the actual situation.
Both the officers, on the basis of information provided to them by the GDA engineers, reported that the land had not been sold off to anybody and it was in possession of the 41st PAC Battalion.
However, a senior GDA official claimed that the land had been auctioned and the GDA would initiate action to get it vacated from the ‘unauthorised persons’ to give possession to the builder, who had bought it in the auction.