Illegal constructions in Ghaziabad sealed, case against builder


Ghaziabad : After punishing its guilty officials, the Ghaziabad Development Authority ordered the sealing of two towers in Amrapali Village found to be violating building by-laws and decided to file a case against the builder, officials said Monday.

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The GDA, however, assured that the interests of the buyers would be taken care of.

The district collector has also been asked to issue a recovery certificate of Rs.9.5 crore against the builder. The sealing order and the action to raze the illegally-built towers and financial penalties would be implemented simultaneously, said GDA officer on special duty (OSD) D.P. Singh.

He said GDA, being a regulatory authority constituted by the government, would carefully watch the interest of the buyers who had invested their hard-earned money in the project.

“We have received information that no buyer has executed a registered sale deed. The builder would either refund their money or would face a criminal case,” said the OSD.

Earlier, three GDA officials were suspended and suspension of three other officials was recommended to the government after GDA detected a huge financial scam to the tune of crores of rupees and violations in building by-laws in the multi-storey constructions coming up in Indirapuram and other areas of Ghaziabad.

Gross violations were detected in the constructions of two towers in Amrapali Village. The two towers – named K and L – were being illegally constructed in areas earmarked for a shopping complex and green areas, to be developed by Ultra Homes Constructions.

“In the inquiry conducted by the GDA officials, it came to light that the builder constructed towers violating all building by-laws in collusion with some GDA officials due to which GDA incurred a financial loss of about Rs.9.5 crore,” said GDA vice chairman Santosh Yadav.

“Two assistant engineers — K.K. Shukla and J.B. Singh — and clerk Sanjiv Bhatnagar have been suspended. The suspension of two other engineers, who have been transferred, Usman Ali and Hari Om Gupta has been recommended to the government. Another engineer P.K. Sharma has been attached to the VC’s office and his suspension also has been recommended.”

“The registration of FIR is being processed against builder Ajay Kumar who had submitted an affidavit in which he stated that no further construction would be carried out in violation of the approved blueprint but continued his construction activities despite filing an affidavit,” added the vice chairman.