‘It is a disas­ter wait­ing to hap­pen’

A pe­ti­tion in the high court by the RWA fed­er­a­tion high­lights vi­o­la­tions of Mas­ter Plan 2021

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While Ghazi­abad De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (GDA) is mak­ing tall claims of de­vel­op­ment as per Mas­ter Plan 2021, al­le­ga­tions have been la­belled against it for its col­lec­tive fail­ure to en­sure the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the doc­u­ment in the right man­ner lead­ing to im­mi­nent in­fras­truc­tural disas­ter in this NCR re­gion.

Alok Ku­mar, vice chair­man, RWA Fed­er­a­tion of Ghazi­abad, has filed a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion in Al­la­habad High Court al­leg­ing that the sys­tem­atic di­lu­tion and wrong in­ter­pre­ta­tion of pub­lic poli­cies has led to a sit­u­a­tion where large scale un­planned and il­le­gal con­struc­tions have been car­ried out in com­plete vi­o­la­tion of the ex­ist­ing build­ing by-laws, Mas­ter Plan 2021, and the Na­tional Build­ing Code.

“The ar­eas, which were planned as low-den­sity res­i­den­tial colonies, are now high-den­sity zones and this has led to clogged na­tional high­ways and ar­te­rial roads, sewer over­flow/back­flow, dras­tic drop in the un­der­ground wa­ter ta­ble, lack of solid waste dis­posal sys­tem and law and order (break­down) risk. In fact, GDA has failed to en­force the planned de­vel­op­ment as per its own Mas­ter Plan 2021 with neu­tral- ity on all is­sues,” says Ku­mar.

Ac­cord­ing to him, GDA has com­mit­ted four ma­jor vi­o­la­tions:

It has been chang­ing land use of city for­est, re­cre­ational land and park land into group hous­ing and golf course

It has com­pounded unau­tho­rised and even il­le­gal con­struc­tions

In­dis­crim­i­nate al­lot­ment of ad­di­tional floor area ra­tio over and above the per­mis­si­ble FAR,

It is not tak­ing any ac­tion against unau­tho­rised con­struc­tion and en­croach­ment in time, lead­ing to the present sit­u­a­tion.

In Oc­to­ber last year, the Al­la­habad High Court or­dered GDA to main­tain sta­tus quo on its plan to con­vert a city for­est into a golf course. This area has been ear­marked for the de­vel­op­ment of for­est ar­eas such as Sai Up­van and Kanha Up­van in Mas­ter Plan 2021. In an­other case, res­i­dents chal­lenged GDA’s de­ci­sion to al­low con­ver­sion of a large part of re­cre­ational land into group hous­ing land in vil­lage Kanawani near Delhi Pub­lic School. The said con­ver­sion is un­der scru­tiny in the high court.

“In the Mas­ter Plan, GDA has made pro­vi­sions for medium den­sity res­i­den­tial use in Indi­ra­pu­ram and many other ar­eas but per­mit­ting 33% ad­di­tional FAR on pur­chasable ba­sis has cre­ated more num­ber of units with­out in­fra­struc­ture and other fa­cil­i­ties. Not just that, GDA has limited man­date to com­pound only ‘mi­nor aber­ra­tions’ only with­out dis­turb­ing the pro­vi­sions of Mas­ter Plan 2021 but it has been reg­u­lar­is­ing even se­ri­ous il­le­gal­i­ties,” ar­gues Alok Ku­mar in his pe­ti­tion be­fore the court.

RAJ K RAJ

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