Ghaziabad Development Authority
GHAZIABAD: The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) on Friday decided to regularize encroachments by institutional, commercial and group housing allottees in plots over 2,000 square metres in Indirapuram, Vaishali and Kaushambi, on payment of costs and penalties. The irregularities in possession of plots were found in a survey in 2012.
"Notices were issued to these allottees. A commission was formed by the GDA to examine the matter which suggested regularization of encroachments," GDA vice chairman Santosh Yadav told TOI. However, the GDA has set some terms and conditions as part of regularization.
For encroachments measuring up to 10% of total plot size, allottees will have to pay costs calculated on original allotment rates. For encroached areas exceeding 10% of the total plot size, costs will have to be paid as per the prevalent allotment rates in the sector.
"Besides, allottees will have to pay interests on the total sum of money at a rate of 9% calculated from the date of possession till the date on which encroachment notices were issued," said Yadav.
However, environmental activists have raised objections to the prospect of losing green cover in the city.
"Costs to develop public properties, including green belts and other areas, are imposed upon all allottees across the board. Facilitating its encroachment by any means reeks of illegalities. If encroached public land is sought to be handed over to encroachers after payment of costs and penalties, costs paid by other allottees towards development of public properties should also be returned," said Ghaziabad-based environmental activist Sushil Raghav.