ALLAHABAD: The Allahabad high court on Thursday directed Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) to file its reply (counter affidavit) explaining how ‘land developers license’ was granted to a consortium of several companies led by Ansal Properties Infrastructure Ltd, though the consortium had never applied for the same.
The court also asked the GDA to file all the records relating to granting of developers’ license to the consortium by the next date of hearing which is fixed on November 15, 2016. Further, the court also directed the chief town planner (CTP) of GDA to remain present before the court on next date of hearing. As per direction of the court, the secretary of UP housing and development board (UPHDB) appeared before the court and filed a reply stating that decision of granting of license to the consortium was taken by the committee formed by GDA and later, the decision was approved by the board of GDA.
Hearing a petition filed by one Devaki and others, a division bench comprising Justice Arun Tandon and Justice Naheed Ara Moonis directed to hear this case on November 15, 2016. The petitioner’s allegation was that officers of the state government and GDA are extending undue favour to a few builders by giving developers licence under development scheme of 2005 in violation of rules and norms.
In 2006, developers licence in Ghaziabad was given to a consortium of several companies led by Ansal Properties Infrastructure Ltd though the application for the same was submitted individually by Ansal Properties Infrastructure Ltd, a company which allegedly did not have the requisite land size to get the developers licence.
Credits ET Realty