The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) showcased its unwavering commitment to enforcing regulations against illegal construction when it demolished an under-construction colony ironically named ‘New York City’ last Thursday. The colony, spread over 45 Bigha land in Mauda village, Kakori, was razed due to lack of approved layouts from the LDA.
Reasons Behind Demolition
The LDA, led by zonal officer Devansh Trivedi, cited the absence of approved layouts as the primary reason for the demolition. Despite prior warnings to the developers, construction continued, necessitating the harsh action. The demolition was carried out under a court-issued order and supervised by assistant engineer YP Singh, with police vigilance.
Crackdown on Illegal Constructions Across Lucknow
This recent action is part of a broader crackdown on illegal constructions in Lucknow. The LDA sealed an open-air restaurant in Viraj Khand for non-compliance with permissions. Additionally, five other instances of illegal constructions were identified and sealed in Alambagh, Kakori, and Krishnanagar.
Government’s Relentless Approach
The Uttar Pradesh government, under the leadership of Yogi Adityanath, has been relentless in curbing illegal structures. In October 2023, a high-value hotel owned by controversial figure Anupam Dubey was demolished in Farrukhabad for being built on illegally occupied land. This reflects the government’s firm stance against structures violating regulations.
In August 2023, the Noida authority took a proactive step by forming an Enforcement Cell to combat the land mafia and rogue builders. The specialized cell focuses on those constructing houses against stipulated rules and seizing land for illegal construction in residential societies in Noida.
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