The vacant land opposite Kartik Kunj Apartments and Omaxe Royal Residency has been encroached upon by locals.
It’s been over a decade that residents of two societies in Sector 44, Block D — Kartik Kunj Apartments and Omaxe Royal Residency — have been raising their voice against encroachment on a vacant plot in front of their complexes.
According to Noida Authority’s Master Plan 2021, the vacant plot had been earmarked for a park. But the project has still not seen the light of day.
Meanwhile, a few locals illegally have turned the vacant plot into a cattle shelter. They have even started to pile animal waste on the vacant plot, causing immense inconvenience to residents and passers-by.
“Residents bought properties in this sector because of connectivity with the main road and clean surroundings. But that’s not to be! This land, meant for a park, has been encroached upon. The place is now stinking, with all the buffalo and cow dung. It’s embarrassing,” complained Renu Bala Sharma, RWA president of Kartik Kunj Apartments.
Residents had taken up the issue with Noida Authority earlier as well, but the complaints failed to evoke any action.
Gopal, RWA president of Omaxe Royal Residency, added, “We don’t want to quarrel with the locals, as they are powerful. We don’t want any trouble, but Noida Authority has to step up. How else are we supposed to protest!”
Action against encroachment has been delayed, as officers from Noida Authority say a litigation over the land has been pending in Allahabad High Court. The petitioner, one of the locals, had not even mentioned the plot number in his petition.
A delegation from Noida Authority, including Saumya Srivatsava, deputy CEO, and BM Pokhariyal, project engineer, had conducted an inspection of the site last week.
Pokhariyal said, “The Authority is busy with an anti-encroachment drive in the city right now. Once we are done with it in about two weeks' time, we’ll shift attention to individual complaints regarding encroachment. We will take necessary action — it’s just a matter of time.”