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UPRERA i.e the Uttar Pradesh Real Estate Regulatory Authority recently directed the Noida and Greater Noida authorities to carry out a timely check for keeping a track of illegal construction at Shahberi the rural area ahead of the Noida Extension as this locality comprises of several villages like Garhi, Behlolpur, Sarfabad, Shorkha and Gulabili. All these localities have many unauthorized housing units.

The UPRERA officials said that urban planning in future is going to become a headache if we don’t take stringent action against the illegal construction that is being carried out in the Gautam Budh Nagar.

Balwinder Kumar, the UPRERA member said that the increasing encroachment in the area needs to be looked after.

The Shahberi village is a 2km-wide swampy and is located in the semi-urban area of Greater Noida. This locality came into the news when two buildings collapsed here in the last year. The GNIDA i.e. the Greater Noida Development Authority notified Shahberi as an agricultural village and back in 2008 it acquired the land in a haste but later leased out this land to the developers. However, after the Supreme Court order in 2011 the acquisition was stalled.

No new acquisition took place after this but the villagers didn’t return the compensation they received from the authority and sold the land again to the developers and this went unchecked by the authorities and development of housing units started without any sanctioned plans.

The GINDA said that the Allahabad High Court put stay on the Shahberi land and thus any construction here stands illegal.

Narendra Bhooshan, CEO, GNIDA said that the authority reapplied for acquisition after the Court stalled the same. So, the construction in this area remains unauthorized even today and thus the Greater Noida Industrial Authority has the right to figure out and then seal or demolish the structure.