Illegal construction in the floodplains of the Hindon River

Last Modified: Wed Jun 17 2020 06:56:18 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 500,000 sq. mts
    Land along the Hindon river that has been encroached by private builders, who have floated unauthorised colony schemes according to reports from 2014.
  • Jun 2016
    The Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate ordered the demolition of all encroachments which have come up along the Hindon river in the district. The DM also directed the officials of the administration, police, irrigation department, Noida and Greater Noida Authorities, to work in sync with each other to revive the river.
  • Sep 2018
    Sorkha Jahidabad village in Gautam Buddh Nagar District emerges as a hot spot for illegal construction. Most of the buyers of illegal plots or houses belong to the lower-middle class including drivers, labourers and lower-rung employees in private companies, who dream of their own dwellings in NCR region and fall prey to the offers of a cheaper plot. Residents are staying in two-storey houses in the area which sustain on power theft and borewells for water supply.
  • Jun 2019
    The Greater Noida Authority decided to demolish all the illegal colonies, farmhouses made on the banks of rivers Yamuna and Hindon. The move has come after Chairman of the Solid Waste Management Committee, Justice DP Singh (Retd), took suo moto congisance of the matter. Singh asked the circle officers to prepare and submit a report with details of the areas surrounding these banks besides whereabouts of the illegal colonies and under-construction houses. The demolition work will begin once the report is submitted to the officials concerned.
  • Jun 2019
    Report by a team comprising Uttar Pradesh solid waste management monitoring committee, UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) staff and officials from the Noida and Greater Noida authorities cite the damaging effect of illegal constructions in the Noida region. Around 17 km of the river passes through Noida and Greater Noida and its floodplains are sold as residential land by the land mafia. The mushrooming of unauthorised housing facilities is posing a threat to groundwater table, besides polluting the river. Noida authority writes to Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) asking it not to grant electrical connections to houses in the floodplain areas and to the UP Irrigation Department to curb unauthorised construction.