Noida Authority demolished 30 farmhouses spread over 1.2 lakh sqm of land in the floodplains in Kondli Bangar village near Sector 51. After a gap of about five months, the authority resumed action against the illegally constructed farmhouse in the Yamuna floodplains on Wednesday.

The operation started at 9 am on Wednesday and was carried out by the Noida Authority, the land records department, and the irrigation department, along the Yamuna floodplains with the help of nine earthmovers, eight dumpers, and about 120 staff.

Lekhpals and the civil department were required by the authority to compile a report on the infringement of property rights in the Hindon and Yamuna floodplains. The drive will continue in the upcoming days, according to officials.

This year, massive anti-encroachment drives have been conducted by the authority in a joint operation with the irrigation department and police against illegally built farmhouses in Sector 135 and adjoining areas and demolished as many as 124 structures in May and June.

Noida Authority got information about illegal construction work had started again on the land vacated by the joint team in the floodplains, in addition to other locations after that the latest operation started.

Hundreds of illegal farmhouses, colonies, and factories have arisen in the notified areas of the Noida Authority of Yamuna and Hindon floodplains.

Several groups of farmhouse owners had approached the Allahabad high court after the demolition, seeking a stay on the exercise. Ritu Maheshwari chief executive officer of the Noida Authority has been given a directive by the High Court to pass an order by considering the objections of the petitioners.

The authority decided to proceed with its operations in the floodplains after concluding that the farmhouse owners’ arguments lacked merit. The CEO has instructed the officials to take action against unauthorized and illegal colonies and farmhouses that are being built in the riverbeds of the Yamuna and Hindon rivers within the designated region of Noida.

The construction is thoroughly restricted in the floodplains and warned people against buying and selling any property. “The authority will drive criminal action against those found involved in unauthorized construction,” said Maheshwari.

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