Complete handover of 7 Gzb colonies in 2 months: UP to GDA & civic body

  • | Friday | 8th December, 2023

GHAZIABAD: The UP government has asked the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) and the municipal corporation to sort out differences and complete the handover of seven colonies to the civic body in two months.The seven colonies that need to be handed over to the municipal corporation are Indirapuram, Indraprastha, Swarn Jayantipuram, Koyal Enclave, Madhuban Bapudham, Indrakunj and Tulsi Niketan.The order to complete the handover process was issued by Nitin Gokarn, the principal secretary of the housing and urban planning department.The handover of these colonies from the GDA has been in the works for long. Both the development authority and the municipal corporation have conducted their surveys, but they are yet to reach a consensus on the terms and conditions. Now that the state government has given them a deadline, both must sort the issue out at the earliest, a GDA official said.The issue dates back to 2016 – when Indirapuram had only one ward, Makanpur. It was, however, divided into seven wards after a delimitation that year. Despite the division, these wards were never handed over to the corporation.In the absence of handover, the civic body has not released any funds for these wards. Councillors have repeatedly pointed out that development work has been hampered by the lack of funds.When the corporation eventually agreed to take over the townships, it asked the GDA to either complete development work in these areas or pay Rs 365 crore to the civic body to do it on its behalf. After much deliberations, the amount was slashed to Rs 288 crore.The stalemate, however, has been continuing. Look, we are a service provider while GDA is responsible for developing colonies and handing them over to us after ensuring all the basic amenities have been taken care of. In these seven townships, work still needs to be carried out on roads, drains and supply of drinking water. If we take these colonies over in such shape, it will put undue strain on our coffers. As a matter of principle, GDA should either complete the pending work or give us the money required for it. We will do the work on their behalf, a corporation official said.The two agencies, officials said, will conduct meetings soon. We have to reach a consensus now that the government has come up with an order, the corporation official said. We also published the following articles recentlyAnnapurna Soni: Working with Amitabh Bachchan has been a lifetime experience - ExclusiveAnnapurna Soni, known for her work in films like Cheepatakdumpa and Goodbye, is currently seen in The Railway Men. She has worked with industry stalwarts like Kay Kay Menon, R Madhavan, Juhi Chawla, and newcomer Babil Khan. Annapurna is gearing up for her upcoming projects Sunflower season 2 and Swagatam. In an exclusive interview, she shared her experience of working with these actors and her most cherished memory with Amitabh Bachchan. Annapurna also discussed her journey as an actor, overcoming difficulties, and her aspirations for the future.Voters relocating from central Delhi colonies asked to update addressThe office of the chief electoral officer in Delhi has urged people who have relocated from government housing colonies or slum clusters to update their voter registration. The electoral roll is being revised, and individuals are required to fill out Form-8 to change their address and submit it online or offline. This annual exercise is carried out to update and purify the electoral roll, including new enrollments and removing entries of deceased individuals. Government colonies, such as Sarojini Nagar and Nauroji Nagar, are being redeveloped, and several slum clusters have been demolished.Finally, PRN colonies get Bisalpur water after 16 yearsPrithviraj Nagar residents finally receive Bisalpur water after 16 years. Bisalpur-II project brings water to 350 households in five colonies. PHED sets up infrastructure to supply Bisalpur water. Residents express happiness and relief. Phase 1 of Prithviraj Nagar drinking water scheme inaugurated in September 2023.

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