Greater Noida: GNIDA demolition team returns after protest at White Orchid Society

September 30, 2023

NOIDA: GNIDA’s demolition team returned without any action when shopkeepers opposed the demolition of an illegal staircase in Gaur City 2’s White Orchid Society in Sector 16C in Greater Noida West on Wednesday. The demolition was scheduled after the builder failed to respond to three notices regarding the illegal construction.

Residents yet again approached the Authority following Wednesday’s event, alleging that the entire GNIDA team along with their bulldozer and the police left the premises without carrying out the scheduled demolition.

“The authority team failed to fulfil their duties as per the notice. Instead of executing their assigned work, the GNIDA official engaged in a private conversation with the individual on whom the action was to be taken in a closed area. We waited outside for 45 minutes during their conversation and when he emerged, they granted a two-day extension and refused to proceed with the action,” said complainant Anurag Vashisht, a resident of White Orchid Society.

Vashisht had previously lodged a complaint with the Authority, stating that unauthorised constructions had taken place in two flats within the society contrary to the approved building plan. Additionally, commercial activities were being conducted within these flats, he alleged.

The Authority had earlier directed the developer to immediately halt the unauthorised construction and commercial activities and submit a written clarification regarding the matter. Subsequently, the Authority’s mobile squad had conducted an inspection of the site.

The inspection confirmed the presence of unauthorised construction and commercial activities in two flats on the first floor of Tower 2 of the society. The squad’s report highlighted that a shop below the two adjacent flats had been connected to them through a staircase, which had been created by cutting through the roof of the shop.

During the inspection, the staircase was found to be locked in a cabin. The report also verified that both flats had been combined and commercial activities were being carried out.

“On September 27 our team of officials had gone to carry out the demolition. However, the opposite party had asked to give them time to give their side of the explanation. We have extended them some more days. If they don’t give us their side of the story we will seal these shops,” said Amandeep Duli, GNIDA additional CEO.

  • Published On Sep 30, 2023 at 08:55 AM IST

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