Ghaziabad authority offers residents last chance to get their properties regularised
The officials have ordered a survey and are scanning planning department files to identify areas where there are major violations of map approvalnoida Updated: Jun 06, 2017 23:34 IST
The Ghaziabad development authority is now focusing on planned development in its area. The authority intends to give a last chance to residents to regularise properties by submitting layout map for approval. In this connection, the GDA will hold camps in all its eight zones.
Kanchan Verma, vice-chairperson of the authority, said the camps will be held in areas where residents are yet to obtain map approvals for house construction. The officials have ordered a survey and are scanning planning department files to identify areas where there are major violations of map approval.
“Once the survey report is in, we will start camps in respective zones. All our officials from the town planning department and enforcement wing will be present at the camps. Residents can get map approvals from these camps and also pay compounding charges, if any,” Verma said.
“We expect that residents with houses up to 300 square metres can get the map approval the same day. These camps are intended for those who have made construction but not got their maps cleared. This will also help the authority generate revenue. We have also directed a survey of properties where commercial activities are running in residential areas. Such activities are not permissible and suitable action will be taken after the survey,” she said.
The directions to identify and crack down on unauthorised structures come from the state government. As per the building bylaws, commercial activity is not permitted in residential areas.
Ghaziabad has nearly 8,000 such commercial establishments running in residential areas and officials expect the numbers to rise. A survey was conducted during the previous government but a fresh survey has been ordered. Officials expect the number to rise this time.
The first survey was conducted on the directions of the Allahabad high court in September 2013. The high court had come down heavily on the development authority and directed GDA to seal all buildings/shops, including banks, private schools and nursing homes, running on land earmarked for residential use.
The directions were also applicable to premises for which leases were executed for residential use and for which zonal regulations did not permit a commercial usage.