Ghaziabad: GDA properties worth ₹1,600 crores encroached on
The authority has served notices on residents and commercial establishments found to have encroached on GDA landUpdated: Jun 01, 2017 23:58 IST
The Ghaziabad development authority has identified nearly 165 instances where its property has been encroached on or occupied in an unauthorised manner. According to official estimates, the properties are worth ₹1,600 crore.
The officials said that a survey was ordered to identify the encroachment in authority’s jurisdiction and a report was compiled by engineers. GDA vice chairperson, Kanchan Verma, sought the report and asked the surveying engineers to certify the report.
“We have identified properties which have been encroached on. Such encroachment even exists on land procured by authority in housing schemes. The engineers who carried out the survey have been asked to certify their reports. The encroached properties will be identified and put up for auction. The list will also be sent to the state government,” Verma, said.
The officials have identified encroachments and submitted the survey report for all eight zones. Of the eight zones, four were identified in zone 1 (Raj Nagar Extension), 11 in zone 3 (Raj Nagar, Patel Nagar and Lohiya Nagar etc), 44 in zone 4 (old city), 30 in zone 6 (Indirpauram, Vaishali etc), six in zone 7 (Raj Nagar etc) and 68 in zone 8 comprising areas of Loni.
“We are conducting a drive against such encroachment and all the properties and land will soon be restored to their earlier state. Apart from this, we have also expedited the payment from private developers which has been delayed for years. The pending amount is around ₹450 crore and during the past one month we have realised around ₹115 crore. The amounts were pending on account of compounding and development fee charges.
To clear other encroachments, the authority has also served notices on hundreds of residents and commercial establishments to remove diesel generator sets from government lands.
As part of another another drive, the authority on Thursday also demolished major encroachment on a green belt of nearly 3km from Hapur Chungi to Vivekanand Nagar. JCB machines were used to demolish permanent constructions, car parking areas, private parks and even fencing by residents.
“The corporation has submitted a list of 28 green belt areas. We will seek the help of officials in clearing all encroachment over the green belt areas . After clearing the encroachment, the green belts should be fully developed with greenery and trees. The drive on Thursday was unprecedented,” said Akash Vashistha, an environmentalist who filed a petition at the National Green Tribunal for saving and clearing green belts from encroachment in Ghaziabad.
First Published: Jun 01, 2017 23:57 IST