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DLF draws up plan to upgrade older sectors?

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, December 04, 2012
First Published: 01:43 IST(4/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:44 IST(4/12/2012)

Based on recommendations by experts, private developer DLF Limited has proposed a massive upgradation of the civic infrastructure in its residential sectors - Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4 - built more than a decade ago.

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The suggestions have been given by project consultant AECOM, a professional technical and management support services conglomerate, and IIT- Delhi.

The newly set-up DLF City Phase 5, which has a separate estate management team, is more modern and has a better infrastructure, when compared to the older sectors.

However, since the capital investment for the purpose will have to be borne by the residents, the issue is likely to attract stiff resistance from some quarters, especially at a time when several residents are unhappy with the current upkeep of the area. As a result, they have not been paying maintenance charges.

According to the DLF, the outstanding maintenance charges bill in these areas is almost R20 crore.

According to the developer, the objective is to create better living experience in the area, and the firm is trying to sell the idea to its residents.

"We are engaging RWAs and residents by presenting the plan and its projected outcomes. If they give a go ahead, we will implement them," said Rohit Malik, director (estates) at DLF.

Kewal Talwar, a resident of Phase 1, who attended one such session on Saturday, said, "We are open to working out a feasible way in which we could improve the living standard in the area."

The cost of the upgradation work will be shared on the basis of per square feet area, he said.


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