Residents oppose demolition drive by GDA in Ghaziabad


Residents of Gulmohar Green Society in Ghaziabad, staged a protest against the demolition of lawns and boundaries of ground floor villa-apartments by the Ghaziabad Development Authority, which said that they were illegally constructed on common areas

Residents of Gulmohar Green Society on March 16, 2017, staged a protest against the demolition drive by the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) and raised slogans against the colony’s builder for allegedly flouting norms. The demolition drive at Gulmohar Green Society, opposite to the Hindon Air Force Station, was being carried out in compliance with the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT’s) orders, GDA vice-chairman, Vijay Yadav said.

The GDA’s enforcement squad has demolished lawns and boundaries of ground floor villa-apartments, as they were illegally constructed on ‘common places’, he said, adding that the action report has to be submitted to the NGT by March 20, 2017. The assistant engineer, who was heading the squad, said the common places outside the villa-apartments have been sold fraudulently. When demolition in front of the 126 villas started, residents obstructed work and alleged that the builder had sold the land illegally, he said. The builder is yet to obtain completion certificate from the GDA, the engineer said.

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However, the society’s residents’ welfare association president, Bhushan Chowdhary, alleged that the GDA officials are in cahoots with the builder. He (the builder) is still constructing the same villa-apartments in three towers. Instead of checking the illegal constructions, the squad is demolishing the lawns and boundaries of those in which people reside.

Former RWA president Nishchal Tyagi, claimed that many written complaints have been lodged against the builder in the GDA office but all remained futile. He said the RWA will lodge an FIR against the builder. Residents also locked the sales and maintenance office of the builder to press for their demands.

 

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