Ghaziabad and Noida authorities launch drive against illegal buildings

95 buildings sealed within a week after incidents of building collapse


After a five-storey building collapsed here on Sunday, the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has started sealing the illegal constructions and till Tuesday they have sealed 84 buildings.

“The GDA regularly checks the buildings for various criteria, including the material used and the age of the building. If a building fails to meet our criteria, we seal it,” a GDA official said.

“The drive to seal the illegal constructions will continue,” he said.

On Sunday, a five-storey building collapsed in Akash Nagar here, killing two, including a six-year-old child, and injuring eight.

The National Disaster Response Force personnel are continuing to look for possible survivors and more bodies.

The building was being constructed in violation of rules without the approval of the GDA.

Noida Authority too has sealed 11 unauthorized buildings, which are of six to nine floors each in village Basai in the city.

Located near sector 70, the unauthorized construction was carried out across 20,000 square meters (5 acres) of land worth more than Rs 80 crore by illegal colonisers.

The buildings, which are in varied stages of construction have been declared unauthorized by the Authority and after giving due notices have been sealed. These buildings also face demolition.

The buildings were being constructed on Noida’s notified land. “No one other than Noida Authority can give permission for the construction on this land and no permission has been granted by us to the buildings being built on Khasra numbers 319, 329, 328, 362, 357, 361, 359 and 365 measuring almost 5 acres of land,” said Rajesh Singh, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Noida Authority.

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