Ghaziabad development body plans to shift families from old buildings, but needs consent
The Ghaziabad Development Authority is planning to build new flats to relocate families living in dilapidated buildings that the agency had developed three decades ago in Tulsi Niketan.
The agency, however, needs to get the consent of 70% of the residents of these buildings before going ahead with the project.
Tulsi Niketan currently has 2,000 GDA flats that are crumbing with each passing day for want of maintenance. On Sunday, a 45-year-old woman was injured when a portion of her house in the area collapsed.
The GDA’s decision could prove to be a win-win for both residents and the development agency. “We plan to construct multi-storey buildings in the area after demolishing the entire society on our own. All this for free,” said VN Singh, chief engineer at the GDA. “The newly constructed flats would be handed over to the original residents while the remaining ones would be sold. This way, the GDA can raise some of the funds it plans to spend on the buildings.”
The agency has now written to Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC), which maintains Tulsi Niketan, to declare the locality dangerous. “We have asked GMC to declare the flats unsafe for living. This way, we can start the process of evacuation,” Singh said.
But the GDA still has a hurdle to overcome. “There are only 20% of flats in Tulsi Niketan on which the owners have done registries. For the rest, the ownership right is through power of attorney. For the project to begin, either we or the owners themselves need to get the registries done,” said Singh. It is also mandatory to get the consent of 70% owners of these flats. “Efforts are on to get the stumbling blocks cleared,” he added.
Vinod Kasana, councillor of ward number 20, in which the society falls, said a meeting was held around three months back on the issue. “Back then, it was only a verbal proposal. But now, we have received a formal one and need to take the consensus of 70% residents. We plan to hold meetings with RWAs and residents soon,” said Kasana.