NOIDA, Dec. 6 -- The Noida Authority on Wednesday freed 23,000 square metres encroached land which was taken over by land grabbers in Sector 159.

Located in Jhatta village along the Noida Expressway, the piece of land was encroached upon by land grabbers, including villagers. The authority has earmarked the land as industrial and will carve plots for bringing in industries.

A team of the land department of the Authority, along with the police and officials of the district administration, reached the site around 11am and removed the encroachments in the afternoon.

"Our team reached the spot in the morning but we started the demolition drive around 2pm as there was a delay in arrival of the police contingent. As the police were busy with a...