GHAZIABAD: A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Allahabad High Court by a Ghaziabad residents' body seeking a ban on diversion of land reserved for community facilities like playgrounds for children, particularly in Trans-Hindon areas like Indirapuram.
The PIL was filed by the Federation of Association of Apartment Owners of Ghaziabad on Friday. In the petition, the residents have demanded that the high court issue directions to the GDA to immediately halt construction work under way in the plots, earlier reserved for community facilities, in Indirapuram.
They have also demanded development of social infrastructure facilities like community centres, colleges, playgrounds, hospitals and libraries on sites reserved for community facilities in Master Plan 2021.
Moreover, the Federation has sought a probe against officials of Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) who have facilitated unauthorized conversion of land use in the past, thereby leading to shrinkage of public places.
The petitioner has highlighted three specific cases, which it claims to have found out through RTI queries, where land use of a number of plots were arbitrarily changed by the GDA in violation of the regional plan of the NCR Planning Board and its own Master Plan.
All the three instances of arbitrary land-use change have been cited from Indirapuram where plots earmarked for community facilities were diverted to residential or residential-cum-commercial use.
In the PIL, the Federation has alleged that GDA has only been "emphasizing on developing profit-making ventures viz. shopping malls, cineplexes, commercial and residential apartments and has shown total ignorance towards developing social infrastructure and community facilities viz. community centres, children's playground, govt. hospitals, schools, libraries etc. which are necessary for holistic development of residents".
The petitioner has claimed that the nearest plot now available for developing community facilities is in Karpuri Puram Yojana area, located at least 15 kilometers away from the Trans-Hindon area, according to information shared by the GDA last year.