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Zee News Exclusive: Land mafias grab acres of land in Delhi

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 11:53

Zeebiz Bureau

New Delhi: Buying a house in the national capital remains to be the dream of hundreds of thousands of people. However, their dream to build a house remains a distant one mainly due to the alleged nexus between land mafias, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) authorities.

A Zee News investigation into the matter has revealed how land sharks operate in Delhi and how they collude with government agencies like the MCD and DDA to grab hundreds of acres of valuable land and inflate the market prices in Delhi property circle.

A crucial document obtained by the Zee News team under the RTI Act reveals that hundreds of acres of land in Delhi are being illegally encroached and unauthorised colonies are being built over them.

The market value of the land grabbed by the land mafias are estimated to be worth thousands of crores. It is being sold to prospective buyers on higher profit margins right under the nose of DDA authority.

As per the document, over 1,398 acres of high value land in Delhi has been illegally encroached by the land mafias, and unauthorised colonies have been built over 240 acres of land.

In Delhi, over 291 acres of land have been occupied illegally forcing the MCD to carry out a demolition drive against unauthorized constructions.

On its part, the MCD has tried to demolish the illegally constructed properties many times, but local leadership and vote bank politics has always come in between its demolition drive. Report claims that over 1649 illegal colonies exist in the country’s national capital.

Apart from that, the circle rates in Central and Eastern zones also differ from that of the government record. Land in this area is being sold at over four times the actual price quoted by the government. The document further reveals that land worth Rs 12,000 crores remains under illegal authorisation.

Builders and the land mafia take possession of the land illegally and try to raise residential colonies on it. The real pain for the property buyers start when they have to face the government ire themselves because once the property is being sold, the builders refuses to take any responsibility.

Talking to Zee News, Sanjeev Nasa, property expert said, “The nexus between builders and agencies does exist but the major restrain comes from local leaders. These leaders are the biggest roadblocks in the demolition drive and the so-called agencies also play at the hands of these local goons.”

Places such as Pratap Vihar are obvious examples of illegal encroachment. The DDA document has it that illegal buildings have been made in over 39.38 acres of land.

BJP leader Naseeb Singh talking to Zee News said, “It is not that the government does not want to regularise illegal colonies. But whenever it does, it also holds good for the illegal land encroachers as they get flats in return. So it’s a win-win situation for the illegal land encroachers.

First Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 10:14
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