For around 1,600 families living in Raj Nagar Extension (RNE) area near NH-58, the real face of development and basic facilities are yet to arrive. The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is still waiting to get the area's Zonal Development Plan (ZDP) in place.
The area, which exists as Noor Nagar and West of Meerut Road in records, will have an estimated 16,000 flats over 1,500 acres in coming years. RNE Developers' Association intend to deliver further 2,500 flats by the year-end.
Touted as bigger than the Indirapuram scheme, a consortium of 35 private builders had initiated construction at RNE in 2005-07, with the authority passing layout maps without a plan in place. A ZDP is a statutory provision under the UP Planning & Development Act 1973 and the authority is required to prepare it simultaneously or as soon as after the preparation of its Master Plan.
GDA senior officials said the authority was under pressure to improve facilities after the Noida Extension fiasco, but there was no development plan in place.
Ignoring a development plan for the area, the authority came up with a 'circulation plan', which depicted the layout of road network in the area.
Despite charging around R2,500 sq metre as external development charges, the GDA is yet to come up with a fully operational sewer network for the area and land for the proposed seven to eight 33KV sub-stations.
The spokesperson of RNE Developers' Association said the housing societies have no choice but to discharge their treated sewage water in nearby fields and depend on 33KV supply from Morti sub-station, which is a temporary arrangement.
"For even small things like shopping, we have to travel to the city. This place is yet to get a market of its own and local vendors charge higher prices from us," said Ruchika Garg, a resident.
Ravin Gehlot, a resident, said, "For availing medical and postal facilities, we have to travel to Raj Nagar or Nand Gram. This area is yet to get a police post. The nearest one is at Sihani."
GDA officials said a fully operational sewer network would come up once the 56MLD sewage treatment plant became operational. They added that the ZDP draft preparation was underway and would take another five to six months. The draft would require a final approval from the state government.
"We are going ahead with the development as per the master plan and we intend to draft a ZDP at the earliest. We are also working on the sewer network and the land will be identified soon for power sub-stations. The remaining developmental work will be expedited soon," said JC Adarsh, vice-chairman, GDA.