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30 builders of Shahberi village to be booked under gangster act

Greater Noida: The Gautam Buddh nagar District administration has identified 30 builders who will be booked under sections of gangster act for illegally constructing buildings and selling flats in Shahberi village of Greater Noida in past five years.

The decision was taken in a meeting called late on Monday evening, by District Magistrate B N Singh. Singh has asked Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) officials to file complaints against them so that FIR can be lodged under Gangster Act.

"After getting details from district sub-registrar office, it came to light that nearly 30 builders have sold more than five flats in the area in past five years. Of the 30 identified builders, 13 have already been booked under Gangster Act while similar actions will be taken against the others too," Singh said. The Greater Noida authority has described all the buildings constructed in Shahberi village as illegal, saying none of the buildings has their layout plans approved.

The authority has started taking actions against these mafias as these buildings are risking life of those living in them. During the meeting, the DM also instructed GNIDA officials to speak to Shahberi buyers in phases and counsel them on the legal position and possible solution.

"We have directed the authority to conduct a safety inspection of all the buildings built in the vicinity and identify weak structures. Whatever actions will be taken up by the authority against any illegal or weak structure, the administration will support," added Singh.

Meanwhile, the Authority has sent letters to four organisations to conduct a survey of the structural strength of buildings in Shahberi. In a meeting last week, UP CM Yogi Adityanath had instructed that a survey be conducted and only those buildings be demolished initially that are found weak.

Expressing their agitation over the decision, hundreds of residents of Shahberi have been on a protest since July 20. The residents hold a sit-down demonstration for nearly 12 hours every day. However, on Sunday, they gathered in mass number and over three thousand residents took out a procession to Noida Extension's Char Murti roundabout and staged a sit-in protest for over two hours.

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