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Only private builders in Haryana

People dreaming of owning houses in Gurgaon may be disappointed, as the HUDA seems to have no plans to float its own townships under Master Plan 2021, reports Sanjeev K Ahuja.

delhi Updated: Oct 08, 2008 00:47 IST

People dreaming of owning houses in Gurgaon may be disappointed, as the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) seems to have no plans to float its own townships under Master Plan 2021.

The Haryana government, which has issued licences for development of more than 100 group housing apartment sites to private developers, has no immediate plans to float its own.

On the other hand, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) are offering many low-cost housing options.

The development authority has not approached the town and country planning (TCP) department to acquire land for its townships as per the provisions of Master Plan 2021, the director town and country planning (DTCP), S.S. Dhillon, told media persons.

The Gurgaon-Manesar Master Plan 2021 that was notified in February 2007 has provision for 58 new residential sectors for which only private developers have approached the planning department for acquiring licences.

“We have issued about 150 licences to private developers. HUDA has not approached us for land acquisition for its townships or group housing schemes as per Master Plan 2021. About 70 per cent of these licences are for group housing projects only,” Dhillon said.

Meanwhile, people are alleging the state government is deliberately providing room for private sector developers who are already facing recession for their properties.

The last time HUDA allotted 2,950 plots in Sector 57 through draw of lots –– at the rates between Rs 3,780 and Rs 4,620 per square yard –– was in November 2006.

Now the premium for the same plots in Sector 57 ranges between Rs 30,000 and Rs 45,000 per square yard. Again it was in 2006 when HUDA had last allotted 33 group housing society plots at the rate of Rs 5,000 per sq yard.

When contacted, TCP officials also confirmed they had received no instructions from the higher authorities to acquire land for HUDA.

The TCP department acquires land for various residential, commercial and industrial projects planned by HUDA.

When asked about the reason for not planning for cheaper plots and group housing schemes, a senior HUDA official said its first priority is to create infrastructure in the new sectors earmarked in Master Plan 2021.

“We have just finished with the survey of Sector 58-67. We will be now planning roads, sewerage and civic amenities,” he said.