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SIT to study Noida public feedback on new building bylaws, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

SIT to study Noida public feedback on new building bylaws, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate
NOIDA: The UP government’s special investigation team (SIT) on Wednesday sought copies of official responses to objections raised and suggestions given by the public between 2006 and 2012, when new building regulations were notified by the Noida Authority, to determine what approach the regimes in charge at the time had taken.

The SIT, tasked with probing collusion between Noida Authority and Supertech in the construction of the Emerald Court twin towers, was formed by the state government after the Supreme Court last week ordered the demolition of the towers and prosecution of erring officials.

As a routine practice, housing and industrial development authorities and agencies publish the revisions and amendments in existing building bylaws and put those up for feedback before the state government issues a final gazette notification.

Besides revising existing rules and framing new rules to promote horizontal growth of the city in 2006 and 2010, the Noida Authority revised its floor area ratio rules in February 2009. The four-member SIT has also sought details of old board meetings to see, among other things, which new resolutions pertaining to building rules were cleared.

“The SIT is looking at the genesis of the problem. As the stand of the dispensation is reflected through officials’ communication with residents, checking replies given to objections and suggestions of those who disagreed with the amended building rules will provide more leads,” said a Noida Authority officer, who was on Wednesday carrying files to the board room in the first floor of the Sector 6 office where the SIT has been camping for two days.

Noida police commissioner Alok Singh also visited the building in the afternoon. Sources said it was a courtesy call to the senior officers in the SIT, among whom is ADG (Meerut zone) Rajeev Sabharwal.

The SIT is headed by Sanjiv Mittal, who is the state’s infrastructure and industries development commissioner and also head of the vigilance commission.

The sources said the ongoing farmers’ protest was also discussed by the city police chief and the senior officers.

Though the initial plan of the SIT was to finalise the draft of the probe report by late Wednesday and leave on Thursday morning after breakfast, sources said the draft is expected to be ready by Thursday noon.

The members of the SIT are yet to contact the seven serving and former officials who have been named in Noida Authority’s internal probe report for approving the revised maps of the twin towers. The SIT is yet to contact officebearers of the Emerald Court RWA as well. The SIT can seek more time after submitting its preliminary findings to the government in order to conclude the probes, sources said.

The Noida Authority, meanwhile, has sent details of the twin towers project along with a blueprint of the latest map to the Central Building Research Institute in Roorkee whose assistance the Supreme Court had asked Noida to take in bringing down the towers. The Supreme Court has ordered Noida to demolish the towers, Apex and Ceyane, within three months.


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