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Ghaziabad pilgrims’ centre awaits nod on land-use conversion

The land is currently meant to be used for ‘regional recreation’ purpose as per the Master Plan 2021

noida Updated: May 23, 2017 12:13 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hidustan Times, Ghaziabad
Ghaziabad,Kailash Mansarovar’ pilgrims’ centre,Ghaziabad development authority
The plot where the pilgrim’s shelter is supposed to come up.(Sakib Ali/HT PHOTO)

The construction of the ‘Kailash Mansarovar’ pilgrims’ centre in Ghaziabad is on hold till the state administration gives clearance for the land-use change from ‘regional recreation’ to ‘community facilities’. This will allow increased construction coverage to the project, officials said.

The Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) has sent a proposal in this regard and is awaiting clearance.

The project is to come up on 8,873 square metres in Ghaziabad. Construction will be allowed over 8,125 sqm, after leaving out the road space.

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At present, the land is designated for ‘regional recreation’ purpose under Master Plan – 2021, which allows only a 2.5% ground coverage with a meagre floor area ratio of .025. Once the proposal for land-use change is approved, the ground coverage will be increased to 40%, and the floor area ratio, to 1.5%. This will allow construction of a total of 12,187 sqm, including the area of all storeys.

“The proposal for land-use conversion was circulated among the board members and sent to the state administration. However, it will be put up before the GDA board again at the next meeting,” said Ravindra Godbole, secretary, GDA.

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Once the land-use conversion is cleared, it will be put up for public objections and, later, for a final notification before the construction activity is started. Sources said that a nod from the NCR Planning Board (NCRPB) is also required. However, sources said that the proposal will be cleared soon as it is among the priority projects of the Uttar Pradesh chief minister.

The facility is proposed adjacent to GT Road near river Hindon. The municipal corporation board has already cleared a proposal to hand over the land, comprising three chunks of Arthala village, to the UP culture department.

After assuming office in April, the CM had announced that the facility would either come up in Lucknow, Ghaziabad or Noida. Ghaziabad Mayor Ashu Verma and all MLAs had met CM Yogi and apprised him of the land availability in the city.

On Sunday, Union minister and Ghaziabad MP Gen (retd) VK Singh had laid the foundation stone for construction of the boundary wall for the project.

First Published: May 22, 2017 23:15 IST