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Illegal constructions, corruption to be the bone of contention in Noida

Illegal constructions and corruption in infrastructure development in the satellite city Noida touched new peaks in 2014. From sealing of 40-storey Supertech tower in April to the emergence of Yadav Singh as a ‘master scam’ by the year-end, the authority identified and demolished several illegal colonies which even had power, water and sewage connections. In the coming year, the biggest challenge before the authority is to maintain a balance between high demand in real estate sector and rampant illegal constructions which are an outcome of nexus between lower rank officers and land sharks.

As a series of incidents revealed loop-holes in working of district authorities especially industrial development authorities, it drew flak from all sections.

Complicity of officials with builders in irregularities was not just talked on a local level but was criticized by top authorities, as well. It was also significant that the bodies intervened the matter by coming down heavily on tainted authorities. Fingers were also raised on the silence of the state government despite unearthing irregularities in sanctioning of maps, tender allotments and massive encroachment on government’s land by the land mafia.

Series of revelations not just maligned image of district authorities but posed a major challenge for them. In the coming days, the authorities will have to change their reputation without hampering development of the area. Although the officials claim to come out from the situation, it will not be an easy task at all. Even, more troubles are being speculated in future as inquiry reports in several cases are in the final stage. Apart from that, hearing of farmers’ pleas at various courts are on the cards and their outcomes may create panic in future. Even Special Investigation Team (SIT) is probing some of the scams in which officials have been indicted.

A lot of revelations and inaction of the state government in-fighting with the corruption has also become political issues and opposition parties have trained their guns at these authorities. With an eye on the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state, scheduled in February, parties are not leaving any stone unturned to criticise the government and its authorities. By arranging series of protests, messages are being spread that the authorities will have to struggle to change their reputation.

“Until the state government orders probe in all cases of corruption in Noida and neighbouring parts, we will not let the authorities breathe easy. We will keep pressurising for action against the corrupt babus posted in Noida and other parts,” said Laxmikant Bajpai, state BJP president.
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