NOIDA: Toughening its stance against encroachment, the Noida Authority on Thursday freed 1.25 lakh square-meters of government land worth more than Rs 600 crore, from illegal occupation from sector 81 near Salarpur village area. An FIR has also been registered against two colonizers. The unauthorized land dealers, who are being touted to have links with the ruling party, have been booked for criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and fraud. However, no arrests have been made in the case so far.
According to Noida Authority officials, the drive to free illegally occupied land from the clutches of unscrupulous land mafia was launched around 9 am amidst heavy security. The district administration joined forces with the cops from several police stations besides PAC and RAF jawans along with Noida Authority personnel to clear the illegal occupation from Noida’s notified land. The nearly 5-hour drive was undertaken after the Authority received repeated complaints about illegal colonizers plotting and selling government land to unsuspecting individuals.
Officials said that the notified land at Khasra numbers 199, 200, 201, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 240, 241 and 242 grabbed by the accused, is located in sector 81 in Noida. “There were illegal constructions in the area. Two unauthorized colonizers Pappu Yadav and Balli Yadavwere allegedly selling plots in area. About 50 structures were razed to the ground,” said B.K. Singh, Project Engineer and In-Charge Work Circle (7) of Noida Authority who led the drive. “Scores of plots carved out by the illegal colonizers, which were sold to unsuspecting people were also cleared,” the official said. “About 200 personnel of the Authority, 15 bulldozers, 2 cranes and 12 dumpers cleared the encroachment,” he added.
The land, which has been earmarked for industrial use and is estimated to cost about Rs 625 crores was leveled on the directions of Rama Raman, Chairman and CEO, Noida Authority. Raman issued strict instructions to not “spare unauthorized colonizers who are busy taking unsuspecting people for a ride”. “Corrupt and dishonest officials found to be conniving with the land sharks will not be let off, either,” Raman said. He further cautioned the public not to get taken in by fly-by-night property operators.
Credits ET Realty