All three development authorities of Gautam Budh Nagar—Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway have started conducting a land audit in their respective areas. The move follows directions of Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary Industries, Alok Sinha who had instructed that a land audit be conducted of all the three authorities in August this year. The aim of the audit is to create an inventory of the land bank available with the three areas for future planning besides optimum utilization of land.
According to officials of the three authorities, a nodal officer has been designated by each of the authorities for the audit. “As per directions of the state government, the audit has to be completed by December 31, 2017,” said Amarnath Upadhyay, Additional CEO (ACEO), Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA).
“We have also launched the audit,” said Officer on Special Duty, Noida Authority Rajesh Singh who is the nodal officer for Noida. “We are carrying out the audit in a phased manner considering the area covering Noida is very large. The audit will be modular, carried out in four phases and in a year-wise manner starting from the year of Noida’s inception in 1976 till now,” he explained.
In Greater Noida, the audit is being done area-wise. “We have started with Greater Noida (west) area first,” said K K Singh, nodal officer for Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA). “Departments of authority dealing with land, GB Nagar district administration and planning departments will coordinate and assist in the land audit,” he explained.
After the audit, the land bank which is created will be put up on websites of all three authorities using a hi-tech GIS based online tool, which will define the exact coordinates of all land which falls under jurisdiction of each authority. “This will allow developers to search and bid for unused parcels of land suitable for their specific purpose,” said Upadhyay. “With a land bank in place, we will also be sure of how much land is used by each authority and how much is available for future development,” the YEIDA ACEO added.
Officials further said that no land audit has been carried out since inception of the three authorities till now. “The idea is to ensure proper utilisation of the government’s lands, with a view of getting maximum value from prime property and freeing under-utilised land for new projects.
The audit will quantify the land allotted, land acquired and land vacant, as well as how much land has been utilised for civic facilities, roads, green areas and for setting up industries, institutions and commercial and residential areas. Once we know how much land is available, we can plan further,” said B.K Tripathi, Additional CEO (ACEO), GNIDA. “The land audit will also deter encroachers and land grabbers from illegally occupying notified land,” he added.