The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has unearthed a major land scam in Faridabad (Haryana) adjoining Delhi where illegal construction of a multi-storied building was allowed on a protected and notified prime forest land for selling office spaces valued at ₹182.56 crore.
In its latest report tabled in Haryana assembly, the CAG said the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad allotted land notified under Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), 1900, which is preserved and protected with prohibitions of non-forestry activities, to private real estate company Godavari Shilpkala Private Ltd.
The 9.43 acres of land wasbought by the company in two attempts of 5.5 acre and 3.93 acre, respectively. It was developed under the name “Pinnacle Business Tower”.
“Audit observed a trail of illegalities starting from the land allotment to the developer by the MCF (Municipal Corporation of Faridabad) in the PLPA notified area; abetted…