The UP government has not only failed to make Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (the Authority) vacate a piece of land but has also paid over Rs 100 crore for an alternative site to build a jail complex,an audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has revealed.
Incidentally,the other site is also not free from encroachments.
According to the CAG report on general and social sector for March 2012,tabled in the Assembly early this month,the state owns 63 acres of land at Namauli village under Dankaur teshil of Gautam Budh Nagar district.
In 1997,a jail complex was decided to be built on 35 acres of this plot.
In December 2009,the government awarded construction work to Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Limited (UPRNNL). The work was to be completed in three years and Rs 125 crore was also released to UPRNNL.
The land was,however,under unauthorised possession of GNOIDA.
The government on several ocassions,between 2007 and 2009,directed District Magistrate to get the said land vacated,the report said.
Instead of vacating the encroachment,the Greater Noida Authority offered an alternative site of 88.98 acres at Luksar village in Sadar teshil of the district.
In February 2010,the government paid the Authority Rs 107.46 crore and took possession of the alternative site.
In March 2010,however,the UPRNNL informed the government that the alternative site too was encroached upon by a junior high school and other structures.
A road was also passing through the plot.
Nevertheless,the UPRNNL went ahead with construction and claimed to have completed 68 per cent of work by February at a cost of Rs 98.36 crore.
The CAG said the government should have held GNOIDA responsible for encroachments and for providing an alternative site that was also not free from encroachments.