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After SC rap, Huda gears up to provide amenities

Deevakar Anand, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, December 05, 2012
First Published: 01:38 IST(5/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:40 IST(5/12/2012)

A day after being pulled up by the Supreme Court for lack of amenities in private developers’ colonies, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) on Tuesday held a meeting of its officials to chalk out a strategy to improve civic facilities.

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Huda administrator Praveen Kumar asked all the executive engineers of the six divisions to visit their respective areas and take stock of the situation. Gurgaon’s senior town planner (STP) RK Singh was also present in the meeting.

Soon after the meeting, Huda engineers and other officials swung into action and visited several private developers’ townships on Tuesday itself.

Kumar also asked the STP to hold a meeting with private builders in this regard. Private developers’ townships fall under the jurisdiction of the town and country planning department. The extra development charges (EDC) collected by the department from private builders is transferred to Huda for improving infrastructure.

The apex court on Monday pulled up Huda for not providing promised facilities in privately-developed localities even though it has collected thousands of crores in the name of internal and external development charges.

The court rapped Huda while disposing of a petition filed by the Gurgaon Citizens’ Council seeking exemption from house tax slapped by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), on the ground that their areas do not come under the civic body.


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