Land Not Acquired, Gnida Puts Staff Salaries On Hold, ET RealEstate

June 23, 2023

NOIDA: The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) has decided to withhold one month’s salary of the officials with the land records department handling the acquisition of land for eight new industrial sectors, citing negligence and the slow pace of work.

It has also issued an order to stop payments to the private agency assisting in the land purchase. So far, GNIDA has acquired only 500 hectares of the total 900 hectares required. Now, it has fixed a three-month deadline to complete the process. The eight industrial sectors will come up on nearly 900 acres in Ecotech 7, 8, 9, 12A, 16, 19, 19A and 21.

In 2021, the GNIDA, considering the demand for more industrial land, decided to develop the sectors. Officials said the project would provide opportunities for entrepreneurs, attract significant investments, and generate employment for thousands of people.

The upcoming sectors span several villages, including Pauwari, Imeliaka, Atai, Muradpur, Luksar, Dadupur, Ladpura, Khanpur, Sirsa, Vaidpura, Jaun Samana, Sunpura, Bhola Rawal, Dhummanikpur, Khedi, Amka, Kirachpur, Kailashpur, Khodna Kala, Bhanauta and Khodna Khurd. While the GNIDA has acquired nearly 500 hectares through mutual consent with farmers, efforts are ongoing to acquire the remaining land.

On Tuesday, during a review of the land records department, questions over the slow progress in the land acquisition process prompted GNIDA CEO Ritu Maheshwari to pass punitive action against the officials concerned. Additionally, she instructed the Authority to purchase the remaining land within the next three months. Maheshwari also warned that further negligence would prompt a letter to the government, urging action against the officials concerned.

Among the eight sectors, Ecotech 12 A is the largest, spanning 191 hectares, followed by Ecotech 9 (170 hectares), Ecotech 8 (161 hectares) and Ecotech 7 (109 hectares). The remaining sectors are in the range of 45 hectares to 84 hectares.

During the Tuesday meeting, the CEO also instructed officials to identify new sectors where they could start the land acquisition process for industrial development. The Authority has set a target of purchasing 20 hectares per month.

The GNIDA now has 368 hectares, comprised of over 630 plots in various categories like industrial, commercial, institutional, IT/ITES, group housing and residential, available with it. At least 70 of these plots spanning 144 hectares stand cancelled.

  • Published On Jun 22, 2023 at 08:57 AM IST

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