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Two detained for illegal constructions in Shahberi

July 20, 2019

NOIDA: The district administration on Friday detained two persons for allegedly carrying out illegal constructions in Shahberi, a day after a private agency was shortlisted by Greater Noida Authority to demolish all unauthorised and unsafe buildings in the area.
The administration has also written to the Greater Noida Authority and local police to keep any eye on such llegal construction activities in the area.

“These two persons (Akhil and Vakil) were overseeing the painting work in a building when we nabbed them. They were engaged in an illegal activity and also creating a law and order issue. We have asked residents to inform us about any such activity in the area immediately,” said Rajeev Rai, sub-divisional magistrate, Dadri.

Officials said that discreet construction activity was seen in Shahberi regularly. “We have reiterated several times that construction of any kind in Shahberi is illegal and action will be taken against violators. We have also asked the authority and police to maintain strict vigil,” district magistrate BN Singh told TOI.

Residents also alleged that though the authority is all set to initiate demolition drive in the area, the construction of new projects has still not been stopped. “Officials say they are concerned about our safety. However, every day we see construction going on in the area,” said Abhinav Khare, a resident.

On Thursday, the Greater Noida Authority shortlisted a private agency to demolish all illegal and unsafe buildings in the area. To start with, five commercial buildings will be razed — likely in a month’s time — with help from the district administration and police, Narendra Bhooshan, CEO of Greater Noida Authority, 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