'GDA notices no deterrent to illegal constructions'
Thousands of notices were sent by the GDA to persons violating building bylaws, between 2009 and 2013
Sep 22, 2014
Source : The Times of India
Ghaziabad Development Authority


GHAZIABAD: Citing an RTI response, the Federation of Apartment Owners Associations (FAOA) has said that despite thousands of notices being issued by the Ghaziabad Development Authority to errant developers, illegal constructions continue to mushroom in various parts of Ghaziabad.

In a letter addressed to the GDA chairman, Santosh Yadav, FAOA president Alok Kumar, said, "Thousands of notices were sent by the GDA to persons violating building bylaws, between 2009 and 2013. I received 626 pages of references of thousands of notices about these violations, following applications made under the Right to Information Act. The notices were issued under Sections 26 and 27 of the state Development Act. But unauthorised constructions continue to stand, after a brief period of sealing them, in most cases."

The letter added, "The time being spent at your end, in the name of seeking clarifications from the erring builders and allottees is giving confidence to all offenders in your development area to continue to make illegal constructions...and eventually get away scot free by paying a minimal fine or without any punishment or fine at all, causing a huge loss to the exchequer," he wrote.

Supreme Court lawyer and counsel for the FAOA, Sudipta Pal, said the Allahabad high court had ruled, in Ashok Kumar versus the Haridwar Development Authority, "When illegal constructions are being completed violating notices which restrained the construction, it amounts to collusion and reflects very badly on the administration which is meant to regulate urbanization."

He said the GDA must reveal details of all cases where they have realized fines in building bylaw violations, and give a number on the amount. Suppressing this information remains a major source of corruption as well as the main reason why building is not properly regulated, he added. "This is why the infrastructure falls apart."

Yadav was not available for comment despite repeated attempts.

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