Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) is out to acquire/purchase village land for the purpose of industrial development despite having a huge land bank of earlier acquired plots many of which are lying vacant.
A letter undersigned by ACEO GNIDA, Krishna Kumar Gupta says that on lines of directions by the state government to encourage industrial development in the state. The letter further states that if acquisition is taking time then immediate purchase of land should be done by the GNIDA.
At least, 16 villages of Greater Noida area have been listed for acquisitions/ purchase and the action plan to purchase them by investors will soon be on track. These villages are Khedi, Sunpura, Bhanota, Powari, Chipiyana Buzurg, Jon Samana, Bhola Rawal, Ladpura, Khodna Kala, Sadullapur, Vaidpura, Dhoommanikpur, Imliyaka, Acheja, Kirachpur and Tilpata Karanwas.
A resident of Ghaziabad and environmentalist Akash Vashishtha who originally hails from Gr Noida said that this exercise is uncalled for. According to him, the GNIDA already has a land bank where new industry could have come up; so either their acquisition should be cancelled before the fresh acquisitions are made or else no acquisition/purchase should be done in these villages.
A resident of Sunpura village, Pradeep Dahaliya said that villagers have mixed feelings about selling their land and are yet undecided.
The GNIDA website lists 144 non-functional industries for some reason or the other, in Gr Noida area. Some noted industries such as Asian Paints, Denso, Yamaha, Delphi, Honda Siel Cars India Ltd among other big groups are operational in the area, as per the website.
The same website lists out 41 plots vacant in Ecotech area. These are large chunks of industrial plots ranging from 1,00 sq mt to 10,000 sq mt.
The GNIDA should also point how it will meet the water availability for new industries when already wide-scale water abstraction is taking place in Gautam Budh Nagar district.
The ACEO GNIDA could not be contacted despite repeated efforts and till the time this story was published. An e-mail has been sent to the ACEO office enquiring about the status of land purchase.
(To be updated)
–By Prasoon Pant