Officials tasked with formation of the Gurugram development authority (GDA) have prepared a plan to hold 12 feedback sessions from November 11 to 22. These sessions are to be held with citizens, residents’ welfare associations (RWAs), industries, real estate developers, public representatives, politicians, labour unions, and the media, to get suggestions and objections.
The officials are also working on releasing a synopsis and summary of a 25-page GDA draft bill for easy understanding of citizens. Former joint secretary of the telecommunications department, V Umashankar, who is now officer on special duty for the GDA, said two-page synopses and summaries on vital points of the draft bill would be released from time to time.
He added that feedback sessions with all stakeholders would start from November 11. Officials have to prepare a final draft after receiving the suggestions and objections, and submit the same before the state government by December 10.
The draft bill deals with the GDA’s jurisdiction, objectives, functioning, powers, and scope in the future. The draft bill was uploaded on GDA’s website www.gdauthority.org on November 2 for public feedback to be emailed to email@example.com. More than a dozen emails have already been received, an official said.
The GDA’s main mandate is to provide integrated planning and coordinated development of urban infrastructure and provision of amenities, sustainable management of urban environment, and social, economic and industrial development in Gurgaon district, which will be considered a single metropolitan area. The area under the GDA could be reviewed and expanded from time to time.
Umashankar said public feedback is vital for formation of an authority of such importance as it would impact the future of the area under it. “We do not want the authority to be formed with loopholes that cause problems at a later stage,” he said.
He added that since the authority is meant for overall development of the district, the viewpoint of everyone concerned is necessary. “We want to give the authority a holistic touch. For the authority to be a success there is a need for the right kind of people and the right vision,” he said.
The authority will coordinate with the municipal corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), boards, companies, or other such agencies for the purpose of integrated development of infrastructure and provision of urban amenities. For this, the agency will be tasked with preparing, facilitating, collaborating, sanctioning and implementing projects or schemes.
In the run up to the feedback session, citizen groups have also started soliciting views. A Facebook page, called ‘My Idea of Gurugram’, has already come up with a Google feedback form to garner ideas from common people on the GDA. The ideas can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The authority will prepare an infrastructure development plan within nine months from the implementation of the GDA Act and at similar intervals thereafter. After 10 years of the Act being implemented, the state government will evaluate and review its performance through a committee and continue to do so at regular intervals.