CAG report tears into Noida authority: ‘Lapses of probity, integrity and ethics’

A efficiency audit report by the Comptroller and Auditor Normal on land acquisition and allotment of properties in Noida, tabled within the Uttar Pradesh Meeting Friday, factors to a number of anomalies and discrepancies that precipitated big losses to the exchequer between the monetary years 2005-06 and 2017-18.

It was in July 2017 that the UP authorities determined to order an audit of Noida and three different industrial improvement authorities. The audit discovered points within the allotment of plots for housing initiatives, farmhouses and Sports activities Metropolis, and likewise concluded that the very improvement in Noida defied the aim for which it was shaped, that’s, industrial improvement. Slightly, it mentioned, residential improvement grew to become the predominant exercise, with as a lot as 52 per cent land allocation specializing in the identical.

The report additionally factors out that in the middle of land acquisition, “the rights of farmers have been side-stepped via misuse of statutory provisions” and that allotment of properties was stuffed with “situations of lack of due diligence, contravention of guidelines and orders, misrepresentation and wilful concealment of details”.

The report mentioned the findings “convey out severe lapses of probity, integrity and ethics in governance of the Authority”. Some key findings:

Urgency clause

The report flagged “extreme use of the urgency clause to accumulate land beneath Land Acquisition Act 1984”. The invocation of this clause enabled the Collector to dispense with the rights of landowners with respect to listening to their objections, whereas buying land for Noida. It discovered that roughly 80 per cent of land was acquired through the use of this provision.

Group housing

As per the report, the Noida authority allotted 67 group housing plots over an space of 71.03 lakh sq km. These have been sub-divided into 113 initiatives, out of which 71 have been both incomplete or partially full.

“Out of the 1,30,005 flats, occupancy certificates was not issued for 44% of flats as a result of which dwelling patrons who’ve invested their lives financial savings and hard-earned cash within the buy of flats nonetheless remained disadvantaged of possession of their flats,” learn the report.

The report additionally mentioned that the Authority didn’t take motion in opposition to builders with big dues: “Noida, reasonably than taking statutory motion, made a number of allotments to group firms of Amrapali and Unitech, who have been in default of cost of dues for earlier allotments to the tune of Rs 9828.49 crore as of March 31, 2020.”

Business plots

The audit discovered that allotment of economic plots was executed to a couple choose teams through the audit time interval: “79.83 per cent of whole allotments in industrial class plots made through the interval 2005-18 have been to 3 teams viz Wave, Three C and Logix Teams.” The audit discovered that “regardless of repeated violations and excellent dues of Rs 14,958.45 crore, Noida didn’t take motion in opposition to these teams, enabling them to carry majority of economic land.”

Sports activities metropolis venture

The audit discovered that Sports activities metropolis scheme was launched with out correct approvals and in deviation from its main mandate of improvement of an industrial township. The audit discovered that Noida allotted 4 plots throughout 2011-16 for the built-in improvement of 4 sports activities cities with the intention of holding marquee sports activities occasions just like the Nationwide Video games, Commonwealth Video games and Asiad Video games. Three golf programs of 9 holes every and one Worldwide Cricket Stadium have been deliberate.

Nonetheless, it was later found that the 65-acre golf course institution was not attainable, whereas there have been no indicators of the cricket stadium. The audit discovered that as a substitute of sports activities actions, priority was given to housing initiatives within the space.

Farmhouse plots

“When it comes to allotment of farmhouse plots, it was noticed that the Plot Allotment Committee (PAC) didn’t have any goal or clear standards for interview or evaluation of purposes. It adjudged passable or unsatisfactory with out detailing the idea of judgment,” mentioned the report.

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