Probe into Delhi-Meerut expressway
Staff Reporter A probe has been ordered into allegations of corruption and irregularities in the purchase of land for the Delhi-Meerut expressway project. Meerut Divisional Commissioner Dr. Prabhat Kumar ordered the probe after receiving several complaints that some officials allegedly bought land from villagers in the names of their proxies after the high-profile infrastructure project was notified in 2012. Dr. Kumar has asked the District Magistrate of Ghaziabad to conduct the probe and submit the report in two weeks. “We received several complaints that many officials, in a nexus with private parties, managed to get their relatives and acquaintances to buy land from villagers after the notification of the project was done. It was alleged that they made money when the compensation for the land was increased during the arbitration stage. I have asked the District Magistrate of Ghaziabad to probe the allegations and submit the report in two weeks,” said Dr. Kumar. “The probe into the allegations is already underway. Action will be taken against people who violated rules,” added Dr. Kumar. In August, he asked officials of the Meerut Development Authority to come to his office and had the police to arrest them after they were found to be involved in a case of corruption. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for the 74-km Delhi-Meerut expressway project in December 2015. The acquisition of land began in 2015 and, so far, over ₹400 crore has been awarded as compensation. Senior administrative officials of Ghaziabad told The Hindu that the initial probe had revealed that land had been bought and sold in as many as 450 cases after the notification of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway project.