Noida moves against illegal farmhouses
Noida has tightened the noose around illegal farmhouses constructed in the flood zone of Yamuna and Hindon rivers. The authority has made the details of 319 such illegal farmhouses public and issued notices for carrying out their demolitions.
‘We will start demolition of these farmhouses if they are not removed within a week. The cost of demolition will also be recovered from the owners,’ said Rama Raman, chairman and chief executive officer of Noida.
He further added that the authority has sent individual notices to the owners but as the credentials of some of the owners could not be verified notices could not be sent.
These farmhouses are situated in six villages — Nangli Sagarpur, Nagla Bahrampur, Chakbansatpur, Dostpur Magrouli Khadar, Nagla Nagli and Chak Magroula.
According to officers of the authority, the district administration conducted a survey of these farmhouses to ascertain their ownerships but failed in over 50 cases. ‘Some of these farmhouses are carrying out commercial activities but some have been locked since a long time,’ said a senior officer of the authority.
‘Three of these farmhouses have temples inside them, one a research centre, three are animal farmhouses, some are agricultural farms while most of them seem to be residential structures,’ the officer added.
According to sources, the farmhouses belong to bureaucrats, politicians, builders, cricketers and businessmen.
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