Noida Dialogue

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Noida: Gangsters Act against Shahberi builders soon

July 21, 2019

NOIDA: The district administration has decided to slap Gangsters Act on builders and real estate brokers involved in the sale of 10 or more flats in Shahberi village of Greater Noida. The district magistrate has sought details about land registries done in Shahberi from the sub registrar of the area, at a meeting held on Friday.

“We have stopped several illegal construction attempts in the past year and have passed this information to the Greater Noida Authority and police. I have now asked the sub-registrar of Shahberi to get records of people involved in more than 10 land deeds. We will be booking these mafia under the Gangsters Act,” said BN Singh, the DM.

Under Section 14 of the UP Gangsters and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act, 1986, if a district magistrate has reason to believe that any property, whether moveable or immovable, in possession of any person has been acquired by a gangster as a result of the commission of an offence triable under this Act, he may order attachment of such property whether or not cognizance of such offence has been taken by any court.

The decision follows the shortlisting of a private agency by Greater Noida Authority on Thursday for demolition of all unauthorised and unsafe buildings in the area.

Officials said that most builders who constructed and sold flats in Shahberi are owners of the property and also acted as the broker. This makes it possible to look for repetitive names in records. “Transfer or sale of personal property is allowed in the area. However, if someone is involved in selling large number of properties, that person may be a mafia,” an official said.

The decision traces its roots to the twin building collapse on July 17 last year, in which nine people were killed. The accident lifted the veil off rampant unauthorised construction and sale of properties in the area, despite a court order banning the practice in 2014.


Source : The Times of India