The eight-member committee preparing a draft for the formation of Gurgaon Development Authority (GDA) has proposed to accord the body all powers of the state for speedy decision-making.
The committee has also recommended that GDA be made an autonomous body and bring under its ambit the entire district spread across 1,253 sqkm. All master plans as well as the 135km Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway and proposed global corridor are to be set up on its alignment.
Sources told HT that though the committee proposed making the chief minister the chairman of the authority, it also strongly recommended that a serving IAS officer (of the rank of additional chief secretary) take over the reins as chief executive officer on at least a two-year term.
The GDA members would include Gurgaon MP, two MLAs, city mayor, principal secretaries from town planning, local bodies and finance departments, Gurgaon divisional commissioner, police commissioner, representative of federation of RWAs, real estate bodies and experts with minimum 20 years of experience in urban infrastructure.
SP Gupta, general secretary of the drafting committee, confirmed that the committee will soon meet CM Manohar Lal Khattar.
“Before we submit the draft to the CM, by August 15, we would like to include his suggestions as well,” he said.
According to sources, besides London, Melbourne and Singapore, the committee is studying the development models of cities such as Jaipur, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Noida, Ghazaibad and Lucknow.
“For us, Jaipur Development Authority is one of the ideal ones because it has retained the municipal corporation represented by elected councillors. We have also recommended that the MCG be retained and HUDA be merged with GDA,” a committee source said.
The Haryana government was supposed to announce the formation of GDA on November 1, Haryana Day, when the state turns 50. But after the recent gridlock and public outcry, the CM may advance the announcement of the formation of GDA .
Sources said the GDA may be vested with powers for acquiring land, issuing licences to developers and permission for change of land use. All these are currently done by the town and country planning department in Chandigarh.