Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Solid waste land site in Dundhaheda
Municipal body claims land ownership, Ansal's Ghaziabad township in trouble
ANSAL Landmark Township's 14acre residential project, Aquapolis, in Dundhaheda village of Ghaziabad may hit a roadblock as the land allotted to the builders belongs to the Municipal Corporation of Ghaziabad, which plans to set up a sanitary landfill and composite site there.
Rajindra Tyagi, a councillor from Rajnagar, has written to UP Chief Minister Mayawati citing a nexus between the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) officials and the township builder (Ansal).
"Ansal's Aquapolis integrated township project is built on a land which does not belong to the GDA, who approved the project. GDA accepted the builder's plan on the condition that builder must have ownership of the land. Ansal did not have (the ownership) as the land belongs to Municipal Corporation," Tyagi alleged.
According to sources, in 2005 GDA drew up Masterplan 2021 and said it will recommend licence to any builder who can show ownership. Ansal, however, could not prove ownership.
The Municipal Corporation, meanwhile, passed the solid waste dumping project in 2004 and obtained a no objection certificate from Hindon Air Force authorities. It was decided that in Block-C, Dundhaheda, and Chipiyana village, Ghaziabad, a 34-acre waste landfill site would be built. "For the composite and solid waste site, the Centre had allocated Rs 12.76 crore to UP government," Tyagi said.
Ansal, however, in an alleged collusion with GDA officials got its project approved and sold 133 plots. According to market rates, the land costs Rs 62 crore.
In 1994, three villages Dundhaheda, Akbarpur-Behrampur and Mawai were de-notified from GDA jurisdiction and transferred to Greater Noida Development Authority (GNDA) as per UP Industrial Area and Development Act (1976).
In 1999, these villages were again denotified from GNDA. "It was assumed that the land belonged to Municipal Corporation. Then came the UP government decision to make a solid waste landfill site in Dundhaheda," a senior GDA official said.
Last week, the land use of this controversial area was changed. According to Ajay Shankar Pandey, city commissioner, Municipal Corporation, the land belongs to the corporation and it has also constructed boundary walls.
"Solid waste land site in Dundhaheda has been approved in Ghaziabad's Masterplan 2021," he said.
Naresh Kumar Dang, an allottee, said, "The property dealer did not tell us that it was not the builder's land.
They should give us alternate site of equal worth." N K Choudhary, vicechairman of GDA, said, "I do not have knowledge of this case. I will inquire from the planning department."
Despite repeated attempts, Ansal spokesperson could not be contacted.
Source: Indian Express