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Development authority to list all religious sites

Learning a lesson from Kadalpur uproar after the demolition of an under-construction mosque wall, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority today that it will form a committee to identify all religious structures for inclusion in its master plan. Vinod Rajput reports.

noida Updated: Aug 06, 2013 21:27 IST
Vinod Rajput

Learning a lesson from Kadalpur uproar after the demolition of an under-construction mosque wall, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) on Tuesday that it will form a committee to identify all religious structures for inclusion in its master plan.

"The committee will also have a member from its planning department. The main idea behind the plan is that in future, possibility of such disputes will be less," said an official.

Officials maintained that out of 55, 000 hectares of land, 30% belongs to minority community.

Villages such as Kadalpur, Dankaur, Rabupura, Anwar Gadi and Usmanpur among others are minority-dominated villages.

"Our team will figure out that on which khasra number a particular religious structure is located, and what is the area of it. After the authority notifies a particular village, villagers start construction work on farmland including the government one, which is lying vacant."

"The prime reason behind this is that land prices in all notified areas have drastically gone-up," said official.

All three authorities - Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna keep carrying out anti-encroachment drives to free the government land. However, after the construction is completed by any religious community, the job of freeing the land becomes a tough task.

"In the past several religious structures have been removed by our teams, but this one led to massive controversy. We will not let this happen again because it damages the reputation of this region, which has seen no communal incident in the past," said another official.

Officials said that Gautam Budh Nagar district has 25% voters from minority community.

"If political leaders do not politicise such issues and give religious colour, Gautam Budh Nagar will remain a peaceful area because there has been no law and order problem pertaining to religious in the past," said Dushyant Nagar a social activist.