How Yadav Singh used clout to build plush club in Noida’s Sector 27
Noida authority chief engineer, jailed for corruption, got a swanky club built in Sector 27
Noida authority chief engineer Yadav Singh, who is behind bars in a corruption case being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), had in 2010 ordered the building of a swanky club in Sector 27, where he has a bungalow. His wife Kusum Lata was also the president of the residents’ welfare association (RWA) of the sector at the time. She is out on bail in one of the corruption cases filed against Yadav Singh and his family.
Sector 27 is the only residential area in the city where a club is being constructed by the Noida authority. Many residential areas don’t even have a community centre for recreational activities even though a community centre built by the authority is a basic requirement in each sector, as per policy.
“There are 568 families in Sector 30 and the authority hasn’t constructed a community centre here despite repeated demands for 20 years. It is absolute discrimination that the authority builds a club for Sector 27 and not even a community centre for many sectors. The authority even sold the land meant for community centre in our sector to a private agency,” said MS Saxena, a retired army officer and Sector 30 resident.
“The project (Sector 27 club) got special approval from the Noida authority board in 2010. We don’t have such a club in any other sector. The clubs in sectors 26 and 15A were built by the residents themselves,” said SC Mishra, senior project engineer, Noida authority.
The Sector 27 club has a budget of Rs15.5 crore. The authority had in 2012 completed the building’s structure. The club is to have facilities such as bar, restaurant, gym, banquet hall, tennis court and basement parking for 250 vehicles. However, in 2012, work on the club was stopped immediately when the state government removed Yadav Singh from his post and filed an FIR against him in a corruption case.
On November 1, 2013, the Uttar Pradesh government again appointed him as the chief engineer before Central agencies launched a crackdown against him almost a year later. During this period too, the authority carried out work on the club building, but again stopped when the CBI began its investigation against the chief engineer.
On February 2016, the CBI finally arrested Yadav Singh following the arrest of his aide Ramendra Singh, a suspended project engineer of the Noida authority, in December 2015. Both are under judicial custody at Dasna jail in Ghaziabad. Yadav Singh is charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under the IPC. He is also accused of abusing his official position and bribery under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
With the club building lying unfinished for four years, residents of Sector 27 have been unable to use the facilities. Now, the Noida authority has directed the electrical and civil departments to get the club ready by March end.
“The facility will benefit us immensely because we will be able to organise social events, including wedding parties and community events, at this club,” said Moolchand Awana, president, Sector 27 RWA.
The authority issued instructions to complete the club building on Wednesday, the same that a group of sector residents met the Noida authority deputy chief executive officer Saumya Srivastava in his Sector 6 office on the issue.
“Following the residents’ demand, I ordered the civil and electrical departments to complete the finishing works, if any. I have directed the staff to ensure that the building is ready for use by March end,” he said.