In a move that is likely to further inflame tensions between India and China, developers and investment funds are buying properties in Vizagar, a popular commercial corridor in the eastern state of Gujarat.
The move by the investors follows the state government’s decision to grant the government clearance for more than 100 new apartments in the residential complex, including in the area of Vasant Kunj, which is home to some of the most prominent temples and a major tourist attraction.
The move has stoked a firestorm of protests in the state and caused a major outcry from local residents.
The development, however, has been approved by the local council.
“We have been in talks with the government on the matter and the development will happen in the next couple of days,” a senior official in the local administration told Quartz.
A similar move was made by the Gujarat Municipal Corporation (GMC) last month, in which it granted permission to the construction of eight apartment blocks in the region.
The state government had approved a total of 120 new apartments worth Rs2,000 crore.
In August last year, the government said that it was considering extending permission to more than 150 apartments in two projects.
But the proposal has since been scrapped, and the approvals are not on the government’s books.
“The government has to ensure that there is no encroachment on any other project or the public interest is served,” an official from the state’s Planning Commission told Quartz last month.
“And this is why we have been getting a lot of calls from developers wanting to construct new apartment blocks.”