GNIDA i.e. the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority recently took the decision to demolish all the illegal buildings in the Shahberi village and said that they would eventually bring down all the unauthorized structures in the area. However, the decision is yet to be taken on the rehabilitation of the currently living residents and the compensation to the investors.
The demolition drive will be conducted in a phase-manner and in the first phase the GNIDA will bring down five commercial establishments in the locality for this the authority has sought the help of local police as they will provide the force if required.
This decision is taken while considering the case of building collapse last year where nine people died in the accident. This mishap worked as the eye-opener of the authority and disclosed the increasing illegal construction, buying and selling of such properties in the Shahberi village without coming to the notice of government agencies that too when the court has restricted such practices.
The officials of the Greater Noida Industrial Authority said that a survey is being conducted and there are more than 1,000 authorized buildings in the area.
Narendra Bhooshan, chief executive officer at GNIDA said that in 2011, this area was denotified and the court ordered status quo on the same three years later. This clearly indicates that the construction in the Shahberi village has no sanctioned layouts and hence all these illegal buildings have to be demolished.
He further informed that the authority has also asked for police back-up to carry out the demolition drive but they are yet to get confirmation from the local administration on the same.
The district administration is directed to prepare a report on the building collapse and they have recommended two solutions inspite of carrying out the demolition drive instantly. The suggestion is to drill holes in the roof of all the illegal structures as it will make living impossible in them.
BN Singh, the district magistrate said that this move will restrict damage to other adjoining buildings and it will not affect the foundation of other structures as the Shahberi village has loose soil type and hence the work can be done easily without conducting the demolition drive. This is recommended as people might try to forcefully enter the sealed properties to live in.
The District Magistrate also sought a report of all the GNIDA officials who are posted in the area from 2010 till now.
While hearing the authority’s decision to conduct demolition drive, the district police chief submitted a report to the District Magistrate and said that all the illegal structures in Shahberi must be demolished and the police force will offer full support for the same.
Vaibhav Krishna, the Gautam Budh Nagar SSP said that they have sent a report on the illegal buildings in the Shahberi village and these structures should be demolished.