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Thursday, July 25, 2024

Fears of Demolition Loom Over 400 Families in Unauthorized Colonies

Demolition concerns have arisen as notices have been affixed outside Radhika Enclave, an illegal colony in Bulandshahr allegedly developed by the notorious land mafia figure, Sudhir Goyal. Nearly 400 plots in the colony were sold to unsuspecting buyers.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) recently confiscated 58 properties owned by Goyal, valued at approximately Rs 27 crore. Radhika Enclave is just one of several illicit developments attributed to Goyal and his associates over the past decade.

Goyal, along with his wife and five associates, is presently incarcerated in connection with 25 money laundering cases. He stands accused of deceiving buyers by selling the same plot to multiple individuals and utilizing forged documents.

Constructed without approval from the Bulandshahr Development Authority (BDA) and the zila panchayat, the colony, situated on Gulaothi road, now faces potential demolition. Dr. Ankur Lather, BDA vice-chairperson, remarked, “Demolition notices have been issued, and we will adhere to the provisions of the Urban Planning Act in taking further action.”

The notice stipulates a deadline of February 18 for the demolition of all constructions. The BDA is offering guidance to affected homeowners regarding options to acquire land in authorized colonies, noting that compensation or assistance cannot be provided in such cases.

Bulandshahr zila panchayat is also contemplating similar measures against illegal constructions in Radhika Enclave on its land.

Faced with the prospect of displacement, homebuyers are now seeking assistance from authorities. Sushil Mittal, a resident, questioned, “Why punish us for someone else’s sins? How did these colonies flourish under officials’ noses for a decade?” He urged the government to protect their rights.

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