Is there land fraud in Uttar Pradesh on a mammoth scale? In a first, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is looking to find out and for that even hi-tech online tools will be deployed. The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) will for the first time conduct a land bank audit- sixteen years after it was formed following directions by the UP Principal Secretary (Industries), said officials, as per Indian Express report. The officials added that move comes after Yogi Adityanath government had raised concerns about the “manner in which land had been utilised” in the area. As per IE report, an official said,”Right now, the way things stand, no one knows how much land is there, how much of it is owned by the government and how much of it has been illegally encroached upon.”
The decision for the audit comes soon after a meeting was held between UP Industrial Development Minister, Satish Mawana and officials in Delhi YEIDA added that the audit will be conducted by private consultants after a tender process and is likely to begin in next fortnight. As per the report, an official said,”The aim is to ensure that there is an inventory of the land bank for future planning to ensure optimum use of the land.” Land and housing complexes have been in the spotlight in Noida and Greater Noida, with an increasing number of residents complaining that housing complexes had promised a lot, but delivered little. Increasingly, the BJP government has taken a hard stance against builders in the area that ‘prospered under previous governments’, with fraud and corruption suspected along the way.
An official said,“The land bank will be created with a hi-tech online tool that will use Global Positioning Systems to figure out exact coordinates of land. This will allow the identification of unused parcels of land effectively,” added IE report.
Officials said that the audit will “identify under-utilised land tracts” along with “prime real estate that can be developed”. “This way, land that should be used for residential use will be kept aside for that, while other pieces of land will be used for industrial or institutional purposes,” added the official.