HC tells NCR board to identify violations of land allotment rules

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.



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