3.5 hectares of GMC’s land freed since June, but 50 hectares still with squatters

  • | Tuesday | 21st November, 2023

GHAZIABAD: The Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) has freed a 750 sqm plot, worth around Rs 3 crore, from encroachers in Arthala.Since June, after Sunita Dayal took over as the new mayor, the municipal corporation has reclaimed 3.4 hectares — estimated to cost around Rs 158 cr — that were illegally occupied.On Saturday, Dayal said another 50 hectares of GMC land was still in the clutches of encroachers even as a survey is on to identify more such GMC land.When I took over as the mayor, I was flooded with complaints of encroachments on GMCs land. Subsequently, I ordered a survey of the corporations properties across five zones that have been encroached upon and found out that GMCs lands are not only encroached by anti-social elements but were being used for commercial purposes as well, Dayal told TOI.The mayor said the cost incurred on freeing these plots will be realised from the encroachers. Civic officials have been also told to fence the land it has freed to pre-empt further encroachment. The construction waste gathered from the encroached site is being auctioned from the spot itself. It will add to our coffers, Dayal added.The corporation, meanwhile, has submitted a police complaint against Md Azad, the person who had illegally occupied the Arthala land for several years. The GMC plans to build community centres or shops on the reclaimed land, an official said.On November 3, GMC freed 4,000 sqm of land worth Rs 20 crore in Mariyam Nagar from an educational institution that had occupied it for the last 20 years. In August, 23,000 sqm of land, worth Rs 50 crore, was freed in the Kaila Bhatta area.We also published the following articles recentlyGMC to hire 26 nurses on contractGoa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) will hire staff nurses on a leave-vacancy basis to cover for 26 nurses who have been granted leave. The nurses are legally entitled to their leave, and in their absence, nurses will be appointed on a contract basis due to a minor shortage. Three nurses have been granted childcare leave, 13 maternity leave, one extraordinary leave, and one study leave. Additionally, eight nurses will undergo yearlong oncology training before returning to GMC.On Childrens Day, joyful treat at GMCIn celebration of Childrens Day, a company serving food to patients at GMC organized a feast and creative activities for the children. The health minister emphasized the importance of providing top-quality care and nutrition to young patients. The event, planned by Sodexo, aimed to promote the well-being and happiness of the children at GMC.Stir holding up waste plant for 4 yrs, GMC yet to find another 40-acre plotThe Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) is searching for alternative land to process the citys waste and create compost as a temporary solution. The current site is too small to handle the increasing waste generated by the city, which is expected to worsen with population growth. The proposed waste-to-energy (WTE) plant in Hapurs Galand is the permanent solution, but due to protests, the project has been delayed. The GMC is now seeking larger land and using windrow technology to convert waste into compost. The Galand plant will convert waste into energy once operational.

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