RWA Federation & Flat Owner Federation Ghaziabad Chairman, Col Tejandra Pal Tyagi (retd) has rued the fact that Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has not held a meeting with the Federation members despite they being representatives of a large section of city populace.
Now, Col. Tyagi has written a letter to Principal Secretary, Urban Development of Uttar Pradesh apprising him of 321 illegal colonies in Ghaziabad and the fact that infrastructure in these is crumbling. The letter states about the resultant pollution in Ghaziabad and states that in last 10 years the GDA has felled 5,000 trees and claims are being made of increased afforestation in Ghaziabad district by the administration; however the reality is that the forest cover has shrunk from 49 sq kms from 4 years’ back to just 26 sq km at present.
Pointing out to pending works in flagship colonies of the GDA such as Indirapuram and Raj Nagar Extension, Col Tygai states in his letter that in last 18 years about 10,817 illegal constructions have been identified. He asks the GDA that when there are more than 300 supervisors and 100 JEs then how come such a situation has arisen. Due to these illegal constructions citizens are suffering from lack of basic amenities, the letter goes on.
The letter also points out to lackadaisical attitude of the GDA in solving problems of builder housing societies where RWA Federation has stepped in to help the residents out.
Pollution which has become the bane of Ghaziabad in the last decade or so also finds mention in the letter. Col Tyagi says that the GDA does not have time for the longest serving citizen group of Ghaziabad led by himself and asked the Principal Secretary to step in the matter to urge the GDA to hold a meeting with the RWA Federation and AOA Federation of Ghaziabad.
–By Prasoon Pant