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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Gurgaon, January 08, 2013
The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has failed to take over regulatory powers of all private townships such as DLF City, Sushant Lok and others in the city, despite a three-month deadline set by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on August 23 last year.

The civic body missed the deadline more than a month ago but is yet to respond and take over the charge from the town and country planning department of Gurgaon.

The orders had come after a resident of DLF City moved the high court against the town and country planning department which had served a showcause notice to him.

The notice was served on the grounds that the petitioner was running a guest house from a residential area and asked why the premises not be sealed since it was being used in violation of the zonal plan.

The petitioner argued in court that MCG had come into being in June 2008 and thereafter, the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act of 1994 has prevailed to regulate all private townships and colonies.

Several other petitioners, mainly who ran guest houses, nursing homes and those who had installed mobile towers illegally, moved court against the town planning department on similar grounds of ambiguity of law.

"The court, on merit of the petitioner's argument, dismissed our plea and ordered the resident to correct the violation, if any, on his own within three months. After that, the municipal corporation would have the power to serve showcause notices and take action against violations in private localities," said a senior official of the district town and country planning department.

Soon after the court order, the then MCG commissioner Sudhir Rajpal had blamed the town and country planning department for not providing records of private localities, a claim denied by the department.

After expiry of the three-month court deadline on November 22 last, the onus of serving showcause notices or initiating action against persons violating the zonal plan lies with the enforcement wing of the MCG.

Though MCG officials could not be contacted for comment, deputy commissioner PC Meena told Hindustan Times that he has given instructions to MCG commissioner Vijay Singh Dahiya in this regard.