A month before their tenure ended, former Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon councillors passed a resolution demanding a group housing society for them at Pawala Khawaspur in the city.
On May 5, the councillors passed a resolution and zeroed in on a two-acre plot near the under construction Dwarka- Manesar Expressway. The area comes in the Gurgaon-Manesar Master Plan 2021.
The proposal is awaiting approval from the Urban Local Bodies (ULB).
It is not the first time that such a resolution was passed by the municipal councillors. However, the earlier proposal was rejected by the ULB.
Sources in the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) said, on December 5, all 35 councillors attended a house meeting in the presence of bureaucrats and a resolution was passed for a group housing scheme on a one-acre plot at Pawala Khawasur village.
The proposed name of the housing society suggested was Mayor & Councillors Group Housing Scheme.
The ULB rejected the proposal citing reservations that the road leading to the selected plot was less than 33 metre, which is not in accordance with the Town and Country Planning regulations. It asked the councillors to choose another plot.
Hence, they passed a new resolution with an alternative plot on May 5.
“All councillors have a number of overhead expenses, as they have to move around in their wards and ensure that public work is done. Hence, an allotted flat in the housing scheme will be a suitable remuneration,” a councillor said on condition of anonymity.
The tenure of the MCG councillors ended on June 20 and there has been no update on elections. The process is getting delayed as the number of MCG wards are being reduced from 35 to 32.
Five months ago, citing the 2011 census figures, the directorate of urban local bodies notified a primary delimitation order under Rule 3 of the Haryana Municipal Corporation Delimitation of Wards Rules. The order, to reorganise election wards of the MCG resulted in the corporation having three wards less. As per the ruling, cities with a population of less than 10 lakh are to be allotted less than 35 wards.
In 2011, when the first municipal elections were held in Gurgaon, the MCG had carried out a survey that pegged the city’s population at 11.53 lakh. Accordingly, the civic body had divided the city into 35 wards.
However, as per the 2011 Census, the population was less than 9.1 lakh.
The civic agency’s elections will at least be deferred till the end of the year as the state government has not completed the delimitation process to redraw wards from 35 to 32.