The Uttar Pradesh government has completed its probe into “the exercise that led to the Noida Extension stalemate”. The final report is likely to be submitted on Monday and government sources say “heads may roll”.
The previous Mayawati government had ordered an inquiry into the impasse after the Allahabad High Court last year directed the then UP chief secretary to order a probe into the authority’s decision in proceeding to implement its master plan-2021 without the approval of the NCR planning board. Sanjay Agarwal, health secretary in the previous government, conducted the probe and submitted his report to the Samajwadi Party government soon after it came to power in March.
Because of certain irregularities, construction work in Noida Extension has been halted for seven months now, giving thousands of middle-class homebuyers sleepless nights.UP chief secretary Javed Usmani had asked the infrastructure and industrial development commissioner Anil Kumar Gupta to examine the draft and submit a final report. Gupta is understood to have completed the exercise.
On Saturday, Gupta came to Greater Noida and held a meeting with Greater Noida authority officials. He visited the controversial Noida Extension area and also took stock of other stuck projects such as Gautam Budh University. Gupta will submit his report to Usmani.
The Allahabad High court in its order passed on October 21, 2010, said, “No clearance has yet been obtained by the Greater Noida authority to draft its master plan-2021. Steps taken for land acquisition, development activities including creation of third-party rights were not in conformity with the NCR Planning Board Act, 1985.”
“The authority has acted in a manner which is nothing but a deliberate violation of the NCRPB Act, 1985 and in spite of the directions given by this court in an earlier case,” the court said.
“A thorough inquiry is necessary into the whole exercise undertaken by the Greater Noida authority and by the officers of the highest level in the state government,” it said.
The court also said the authority could not proceed to implement the master plan 2021 till it is permitted by the NCR planning board. The court also sought a probe into decisions taken to change the land use and make allotments to builders as well as indiscriminate proposals for acquisition of land and an appropriate action in the matter.