As the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) bill could not be introduced in the state assembly, the state government will now take the ordinance route to form the authority.
The ordinance is expected to be introduced and cleared in April, and the authority is likely to get functional by the end of the month, top government functionaries said.
“We will bring the ordinance next month and the authority will be functional by April-end. Some official procedures delayed the introduction of the bill but it will be tabled in the next session of the assembly,” PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh said.
According to official sources, the bill was delayed because of the lackadaisical attitude of some officials involved in the process.
“The bill was scheduled to be tabled in the assembly on March 9 but preparations for it were only made a day earlier. A copy of the bill, both in English and Hindi, has to be circulated among all legislators so that it can be debated upon. The English part was ready but there was no document in Hindi. Other official procedures were also lacking,” a senior government official privy to the development said.
Earlier, the government had decided to form the authority by tabling the bill in the budget session that ended on March 11. The Haryana assembly passed 12 bills on March 10, the last day of the budget session.
The GMDA is being considered as an integrated body to take up development issues in the city. It is to prepare a development plan and execute it in coordination with other government agencies and departments.
The GMDA draft was uploaded online on November 2 for public feedback. Several sessions with representatives of public, industries, and other organisations were held in November 2016 after which the bill was submitted to the government on December 8.
On December 21, 2016, the government renamed the authority as Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) from Gurugram Development Authority.
“The GMDA formation is on the right track. The bill could not be tabled for some official procedures but the authority will be functional by next month. Other functions for formation of the authority are on,” V Umashankar, GMDA officer-on-special-duty, said.