April 16, 2014
Hindustan Times (Delhi) |Vinod Rajput
NOIDA: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) to prepare a list of violations committed by the Centre as well as the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi in the allotment of land to various realtors for development.
As per the petitioner, NCR is facing issues such as traffic congestion and water crisis due to violations of NCRPB Act.The order came in response to a petition filed by a Noida resident, seeking restriction on the acquisition of farm land for urbanisation schemes in Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Gurgaon and other parts of the region. The plea has also accused the states’ development authorities of conniving with the Centre for earning commission and causing damage to the ecology and existing civic infrastructure.“The court has observed that all four states have violated the NCRPB Act while acquiring fertile plots and allotting them to realtors. So, it has questioned the board on the legal action it has taken against the violators. The NCRPB has to furnish the list of violators before July 15, the next date of hearing,” said Pramod Chaudhary, advocate of petitioner Raghuraj Singh.
As per the petitioner, the NCRPB has been sheltering the four states that have been unscrupulously acquiring fertile land and allotting them to realtors by tweaking or violating land use policies. And because of these violations, home buyers suffer a lot.
“In NCR, the land use control lies with NCRPB. But state governments have formed a nexus with the Centre to allot farmers’ land to realtors in Delhi’s adjoining cities — Noida, Greater Noida and Gurgaon among others, where land prices have shot up to a new high,” said Chaudhary.
The NCR is facing issues such as traffic congestion, water crisis, densely populated dingy localities, poor garbage mechanism and unauthorised colonies due to violations of the NCRPB Act 1985, the petitioner said, adding that the governments indulged in developing organised slums with no economic activity to offer employment opportunities for the youth.
“As per the NCRPB Act, states were supposed to build low-density economically and ecologically sustainable towns at a distance from Delhi to check unauthorised development. But officials and politicians nexus failed a well intentioned law,” Chaudhary said.
Officials of the NCRPB said that the petitioner has misinterpreted the Act.
December 23, 2013
KOZHIKODE: Minister for social justice and panchayats, M K Muneer, has said that the state government has urged the finance department to allot Rs 100 crore to begin preliminary works for the land acquisition process for developing the Mananchira -Vellimadakunnu road.
Addressing the gathering at a meeting at the collectorate conference hall here on Saturday, to assess various road works under the City Roads Improvement Scheme, he said that a fund of Rs 345 crore is needed for the completion of land acquisition along the 8.4 km stretch between Mananchira and Vellimadakunnu.
The Mananchira-Vellimadakunnu stretch is a major road connecting the NH 17 (Kannur road) at Malapparamba bypass and NH 212 ( Wayanad road) at Eranhipalam Junction. Once the road comes up here, it will help solve the existing traffic snarls in the city to a great extent.
The minister said that the land acquisition process for the development of Stadium – Puthiyara road (600 metres), Kovoor-Vellimadakunnu stretch (2.7 km), Karapparamba – Kalluthankadavu road (4.7 km), Panattuthazham – CWRDM road (8.44 km) and Gandhi Road -Mini bypass road (3.38 km) has already been completed. He also informed that the land acquisition process for the development of the 2.34 km-long Francis Road – Pushpa Junction – Mankkave Road has been progressing on a war footing. The minister said the state government is wwaiting the approval of the finance department to float tenders to begin the works on the five roads for which land acquisition process has already been completed.
Land acquisition deputy collector P V Gangadharan, Road Fund Board assistant executive engineer Lekha, convener Somasundaran and tahsildhar Ramla attended the function.