Thursday, May 3, 2012
News Article: Authority to take over Gram Sabha land
Ayaskant Das, TNN Apr 30, 2012, 01.17AM IST
Tags: Networks|illegal occupation|Greater Noida region|Gautam Budh Nagar
NOIDA: The Greater Noida Authority has begun the process of 'resumption' of Gram Sabha lands in villages under its jurisdiction following reports that large-scale illegal occupation of such land has been in progress in the region.
The Authority, which would acquire these lands for planned development of the Greater Noida region, has written to the district administration to begin the process of resumption in order to ensure that illegal encroachment is prevented.
"Lands belonging to the Gram Sabha are public lands and any kind of encroachment on it is illegal," said Rama Raman, CEO of Greater Noida Authority. "Such land can be used only for the purpose for which it is marked. Illegal plot cuttings and encroachments have been noticed on several such tracts of land in various villages of Greater Noida. Hence, we have begun the process of 'resumption' of such land," said Raman.
The process of resumption would mean that the public land, which is already under the possession of the government, would be acquired by the Authority as a safety measure to prevent illegal occupation.
"The Greater Noida Authority will have to pay in lieu of this land to the revenue department in accordance with the prevailing circle rates," said DM of Gautam Budh Nagar, Dr MKS Sundaram. "The SDM of the tehsil, under whose jurisdiction the Gram Sabha land falls, would prepare a report and it will be sent to the state government," said Dr Sundaram.
Despite the Greater Noida Authority launching drives periodically to prevent illegal occupation, officials say that illegal plot cutting is rampant, particularly in villages of Shahberi and Chipiyana Bujurg of Greater Noida. In the recent past, Greater Noida Authority had cracked down on offenders engaged in such land dealings following instances of encroachments on Gram Sabha land in Shahberi.
"Often, such occupants claim ownership of the illegally occupied land under the plea that they have 'owned' it for a long time or huge costs have been incurred on construction activities on the land," said an official of the district administration. "Such illegal occupation hampers progress of developmental work and leads to haphazard development. Pressures build up on existing sewer lines and difficulties are faced in laying water and sewer networks in the planned development of the city," added the official.
Illegal plot cuttings and encroachments have been noticed on several such tracts of land in various villages.
© 2012 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved