Crossings Republik in Ghaziabad has now been given a new reason by Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) for not being able to so far give them an independent fire station inside the township. GDA now says the land earmarked for the fire station could not be acquired from the villagers who owned the piece of land.
The matter came to light in a letter of communication between the district administration and GDA. The letter was also marked to residents, as they had been running from pillar to post for this service.
The letter said that 10,000 sq m (about 2.5 acres) had been earmarked for the station, but could not be acquired from the owners. GDA has also ordered CIPL (Crossings Infrastructure Private Limited) to find a new space for the station.
According to the letter, CIPL responded saying that Crossings Republik had 125 acres allotted to the local municipal corporation. Of this 35 acres had already been acquired from it for certain township requirements. The proposition for acquiring another 10 acres awaited clearance. Once that was cleared, 4,148 sq m (about 1 acre) of land would be provided to the fire department to set up the station.
Speaking to City Spidey, Kuldeep Dubey, a resident of Supertech Livingston inside Crossings Republik, said that this latest response from GDA had come after running to every possible authority with the problem.
Residents had recently filed a PIL with the Allahabad High Court under the aegis of FedAOA, an apex body of AOAs in Ghaziabad.
Speaking to City Spidey, Sanjay Kumar Jha, president of the Gaur Global Village AOA, said that while the issue of acquiring land from villagers was new information, CIPL’s response was nothing but an eyewash. “CIPL has land for everything else, but not for this. It all boils down to the priorities of the developer,” Jha said.
However, Jha maintained that the PIL was soon to be heard at the Allahabad High Court and that these letters and documents could add weight to the case.