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Perform or perish, Ghaziabad authority chairman tells officials

Kumar issued stern directions to GDA officers in the review meeting held earlier this week and has asked the officers to speed up the working.

noida Updated: Oct 18, 2017 20:59 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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ince September, the GDA has been functioning under its officiating vice-chairman, Ravindra Godbole, after former vice-chairperson Kanchan Verma left on a study tour.(Sakib Ali/HT File Photo)

The divisional commissioner (Meerut), who is also the chairman of the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA), has given one month to officials to improve the working of the body.

After a review meeting of the authority held on October 16, Dr Prabhat Kumar, the divisional commissioner, through his Twitter handle, @PKumar59, tweeted, “Reviewed GDA performance today. Very poor. Gave 1 month time to improve or face tough action. Perform or perish.”

Kumar issued stern directions to GDA officers in the review meeting held earlier this week and has asked the officers to speed up the working.

“I had asked them for (the status of) different works and held a review but I was not satisfied with the work. I have given them one month’s time and a review will be taken up thereafter. The work and enforcement on illegal constructions and compounding issues are not satisfactory,” Kumar said.

Since September, the GDA has been functioning under its officiating vice-chairman, Ravindra Godbole, after former vice-chairperson Kanchan Verma left on a study tour.

“There is a lot of work that needs to be done over the land issues. I have asked them to conduct a survey of the land that was acquired and the status of the area available to us on the ground. I have also sought a report on the developmental works planned on the acquired land and the land bank available after that. The report will also include the developed land available and also the area of the developed land that has been sold,” Dr Kumar said.

He said that the authority officials, especially from the property and enforcement departments, have been asked to speed up their work and show their performance.

“They have not done any sizeable work with respect to what was asked of them. I have asked them details of defaulters and have also asked them why the pending amount is not being realised,” Kumar said.

In another major development, the divisional commissioner said that he has asked the authority to get details and the basis on which the funds for the underground electricity cabling work at Indirapuram scheme in 2008 was awarded. He has already taken up a similar issue in Meerut where the cabling works were allegedly found to be awarded for a higher amount than the prevailing market rates, at the time of allotment.

First Published: Oct 18, 2017 20:59 IST