First investors’ meet leaves vital projects in limbo

  • Gulam Jeelani and Kartik Kumar, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Mar 02, 2016 01:15 IST
Huda and MCG have been busy repairing roads and footpaths in Gurgaon ahead of the two-day summit on March 7 and 8. (Abhinav Saha/HT Photo)

Infrastructure and development projects, including the transfer of five colonies to the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), are in limbo as government officials are busy with the Happening Haryana Global Investors Summit 2016.

Gurgaon will host Haryana’s first global investors’ meet on March 7 and 8.

Two “urgent” meetings that were to be held with deputy commissioner TL Satyaparakash, who is also the acting commissioner of the MCG, to plan the transfer of private colonies were postponed.

“Considering the importance of Happening Haryana, the scheduled meeting of taking over private licensed colonies in Gurgaon by MCG has been postponed to Monday i.e, 29.02.2016 at 3pm,”Satyaprakash’s letter to MCG and Huda officials, and DLF Universal Ltd, Ansal Properties and Infrastructure Ltd said. The meeting was scheduled for February 26.

On Monday, Satyaprakash told officials that the meeting was rescheduled again to Wednesday as the superintending engineers of the MCG were not free.

But, sources said the meeting is unlikely to take place as civic officials concerned might not be available on Wednesday either.

On February 8, the Haryana government approved the transfer of five private colonies — DLF phases 1 to 3, Palam Vihar and Sushant Lok Phase 1 to the MCG. The private developers had to file a compliance report in this regard by March 8, an order by the department of town and country planning said.

Similarly, other projects delayed are free Wi-Fi on MG Road, Sadar Bazaar, Sector 29 and Sirhaul village. The service was to be inaugurated on February 15. But, the date was postponed indefinitely.

Less than three weeks after the inception of Green Raahgiri, an MCG initiative to increase tree cover and to beautify Gurgaon, the project was deferred.

Last month, the civic body sent a report to the Haryana government, listing the companies to be roped in for reviving Gurgaon’s sole solid waste management plant at Bandhwari. The plant, off the Gurgaon-Faridabad expressway, is defunct for the last three years.

According to MCG officials, 10 companies were selected through a tender process. Despite receiving approval from the directorate of urban local bodies, the task was not taken forward as officials were occupied with the global investors’ summit.

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