The Ghaziabad Development Authority has identified over three hundred and twenty unauthorised colonies in the neighbourhood. GDA plans to make the list public, so that buyers can be more cautious while investing in such colonies. The list of the illegal colonies will soon be uploaded on the GDA’s portal.
According to officials, GDA has long tried to rein in illegal colonies and stopped the registries of such colonies a few years ago. Unauthorised colonies have put an additional hardship on the city’s resources. In the absence of efficient mechanisms, the development authority has often failed to monitor the safety standards, which increased the number of building collapse incidents.
As per the GDA officials, the number of unauthorised colonies are growing every year. The problem about these areas is that due to lack of awareness most of the buyers invest into these possessions. Mediators and land sharks have a considerable role to play in it. According to the officials, once these colonies come up, there is pressure on them to deliver civic facilities like water and electric supply. So, they have decided to upload the list of the identified 321 unofficial colonies.
The uploading of the list will inhibit people from investing in such colonies. These 321 unauthorised colonies identified in the district comprises of areas namely Brij Nagri, Nandini Enclave, Durga Enclave and Pandav Nagar.
As per the official, in the past also, GDA had tried to address the problem by asking the stamp and registry department to confirm the land records and pertinent documents before performing land registries. Though, this could not materialise because of a rule in the registration, which does not allow registering officers to consider the validity of documents brought to them before executing registries.
The development authority had written to the state government to make, taking prior NOC from the GDA compulsory, so the registries in unauthorised colonies happen smoothly.