To construct a waste-to-energy plant at Galand in Ghaziabad, GDA requires 35 acres of land but only 22 acres has been received so far from the developers.
The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) sealed five group housing projects on Wednesday for allegedly failing to provide land for the construction of waste-to-energy plant at Galand, Ghaziabad.
As per the integrated township scheme, the developers are required to provide over 35 acres of land to the GDA for the upcoming plant.
The developers whose projects have been sealed include Crossings Infra Private limited, Path Tower, Samag Constructions, Golf Link and Jaipuria Sunrise. “Several reminders were sent to these builders but they did not comply to the scheme,” said GDA vice chairperson, Kanchan Verma.
According to the sources, GDA had earlier received an order from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) asking them to shift Pratap Vihar landfill to Galand by January 15, 2019. The authority needs to provide land to the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) to build a dumping site and for that the developers have to procure the land, a GDA official said.
A senior GDA official said that out of 35 acres of land required for the construction of the plant, only 22 acres has been received so far. “Only Hi-tech city, an integrated township scheme in Ghaziabad, has provided this land,” he added.
Meanwhile, sources at GMC told City Spidey that GDA has been able to provide only 20 acres of the total land required. CP Singh, municipal commissioner of GMC said that the land received is insufficient to develop the plant in Galand. “The state government has already assigned a Netherland-based company to develop the plant, but the lack of land is delaying its start,” he added.
Singh added that GDA must act promptly to procure the land if it wants to meet the NGT’s deadline.
Commenting on this, Verma said that the GDA has already thought of a back-up plan. “We will acquire the remaining land on our own and hand it over to GMC,” Verma informed.