Gurgaon Development Authority draft lifted from Jaipur Authority Act

  • Rashpal Singh, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2016 13:29 IST
The Gurgaon Development Authority is being formed with the aim of eradicating the confusion that arises from the multiplicity of government agencies in the city. (HT File)

The draft for formation of the proposed Gurgaon Development Authority (GDA) is a direct lift from the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) Act, 1982. The only difference is changes in names of places, official posts, and references to local laws.

Right from the establishment and constitution of the authority, to the composition of authority, meetings, powers of the executive council, appointments, powers and functions of the authority, and constitution of boards, the draft is a replica of the JDA Act, sources said.

Official sources confirmed that a team of officials, assigned with the job of drafting GDA Act 2016, visited the JDA office in July to study the functioning of the authority there. The eight-member drafting committee studied models of other cities including Hyderabad, Ghaziabad, and Greater London Authority, for the formation of the GDA draft.

The 100-page document, in its final stage, is likely to be submitted to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar within a week. The committee was scheduled to submit the draft by August 15 and the state government is likely to announce the formation of the GDA on November 1, Haryana Day.

Like JDA, the GDA draft proposes to cover Gurgaon district under the authority and later on include more areas and expand it to the Gurgaon Region. The Master Development Plan of the GDA has fixed the medium-range perspective for the year 2020 and long-term perspective for the year 2050.

After finalisation of the master development plan, the GDA will have a zonal development plan for each of the zones into which Gurgaon region will be divided.

“We have studied the functioning of development authorities of various cities, essentially Jaipur. The draft has been prepared on the basis of needs and aspirations of people of Gurgaon” said former chief secretary MC Gupta, who heads the committee.

Addressing a public rally in Badshahpur on April 10, the CM announced that the state government will try to constitute GDA through a bill in the assembly after addressing legal objections.

GDA likely to be more powerful

The GDA, however, is likely to be a more powerful body as compared to JDA. As per the draft, the chief minister will be GDA chairman while its vice-chairman will be a senior IAS officer in the rank of additional chief secretary, who will act as the chief executive 0fficer. The JDA chairman is the urban development minister, and the functional head is an IAS officer called the JDA commissioner.

More political representation but no mention of DC, MCG head:

More political representation has been suggested in the executive council of GDA with inclusion of local MP and MLAs on an annual rotation basis, representatives of residents’ welfare associations, and real estate sector. There is, however, no mention of deputy commissioner and commissioner of the Municipal Corporation Gurgaon (MCG) in the council. The MCG mayor is recommended to be a member.

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