The absence of a public park has spurred the Federation of Apartments Owner Association (FedAOA) to demand one from the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA). The Federation has even suggested a spot—a vacant plot next to SCC Heights — which could be turned into a public park for the Extension residents.
The FedAOA members had last week met vice chairman of GDA, Kanchan Verma, and submitted their request. The VC has assigned the matter to the horticulture department.
Alok Kumar, President of FedAOA, said, “The GDA has not developed any public park or playground for the thousands of people living in Rajnagar Extension. These residents need a place for their morning walks and kids need a bigger place to play.”
Rajnagar extension is being developed as a township by private developers under the supervision of GDA. The area consists of over 50 societies with thousands of residents living in them.
Though each residential society has developed a park on its premises, the FedAOA feels these are not enough for the growing population of the area. “The parks in the societies do not have enough play area for the kids, nor is their enough space for the residents. That’s why we want the authority to develop a bigger park to accommodate everyone’s requirements,” said Kumar.
The FedAOA also complained to the GDA about the encroachment on the suggested land. Kumar said that a “land mafia” has illegally built a temple on the land. A few makeshift shops have also come up in the area, which will, over the time, become permanent if the authority doesn’t pay attention, he added.
Meanwhile, Rajnagar Extension Substation is also situated on the same land. Speaking to City Spidey, Rajneesh Kumar, a substation official, said, “There has been an ongoing dispute over the land between GDA and a private owner. The GDA itself had allotted a portion of the land to build the substation.”
City Spidey also reached out to the shop-owners mentioned by the FedAOA in its letter to the GDA. One of the shop-owners refuted the claim that his shop was illegal. “The land on which my shop is built belongs to my uncle,” he said.TAGS: public park / Raj Nagar Extension / Federation of Apartments Owner Association (FedAOA) / Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) / SCC heights / horticulture department