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Ghaziabad development body plans to hike rates of green belts leased out
ET Realty  |  June 17, 2019

Abhijay Jha Ghaziabad

The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) plans to increase rates of green belts that have been leased out to educational institutions. The proposed rates is Rs 100 per sqm a year against the existing Rs 10 per sqm a year. A proposal to revise the rates would be placed in the GDA board meeting scheduled to be held on 25 June.


There are about 13 educational institutions that have been given park/green land — a total of more than 90,000 sqm. “The existing rates has remained unchanged since 2011 and prior to 2011, it was just one rupee. So, it is time to revisit the rates that will be Rs 100/sqm a year. It would be a good source of revenue for the GDA,” said Kanchan Verma, the vice-chairperson, GDA.


“There have been complaints that many institutions are violating lease agreements, some saying that the parks and green belts are being treated as a particular institute’s private property, which remains out of bounds for common people. In these cases, it becomes pertinent that while reviewing the lease, we will have to ascertain the extent of violation,” Verma added. The misuse of parks leased out to institutions by the GDA was first highlighted by local councillor Rajender Tyagi.


“There are many parks and green belts under educational institutions that have erected boundaries and merged those with the institutions, which is in violation of the norms,” said Tyagi. “The GDA, for a long time, remained oblivious to these violations. As per the norms, institutions in no manner can bar common people from using these parks leased out by GDA,” Tyagi added.


“As a rule only 2% of park’s land could be used for permanent construction.” Verma said: “We are in the process of ascertaining to what extent institutions have violated the norms and only after that we will act to cancel the lease.”


Tyagi said schools are bound to provide parks for local children. “After school, the institutions are required to offer theses parks and playgrounds to children of the neighborhood. But no school follows this. The GDA should take notice of it.”