The state government will take a final decision on transfer of private colonies to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) on Tuesday, said Anand Mohan Sharan, principal secretary Haryana urban local bodies (ULB) on Monday.
“The government will take a critical decision on issue of transfer of private colonies to the MCG on Tuesday. A draft is almost decided and all that remains is for the government to give its final nod. However, I cannot disclose the details of the draft,” said Sharan, who has always been supportive of the transfer of private colonies to the MCG and made his stand known during a meeting with a group of representatives of the city’s private colonies at Haryana Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday.
There are more than 600 housing societies and plotted townships in Gurgaon which are under the jurisdiction of the respective developers. The Haryana town planning department issued the first licence to DLF in the early 1980s. In little over four decades since, the government issued hundreds of licences in Gurgaon. However, none of these colonies have yet been shifted to the local civic body to ensure proper maintenance and upkeep.
A group of residents of private colonies, under banner of Gurgaon Citizens’ Council (GCC), along with members of the Confederation of NCR RWAs (Conrwa) met Sharan and submitted a memorandum in New Delhi on Monday.
Conrwa president, PS Jain, said, “We hope the state government will resolve this issue that has been pending for over two years. Sharan assured the delegation of a final decision in this regard in a day or two.”
On February 2, 2016, AK Gupta, former director general, town and country planning, Haryana, had ordered the transfer of the city’s roads, open spaces, public parks and public health services to MCG.
MCG Commissioner V Umashankar sent a comprehensive letter to Sharan in this regard as well.
“We are concerned as there has been no maintenance of these colonies for a long time. While the developers are unwilling to do the needful citing the proposed transfer (of private colonies), the MCG claims it does not have jurisdiction of the colonies yet,” RS Rathee, president of GCC, said.
If AK Gupta’s order is implemented, the licensed colonies such as Ardee City, Suncity, Malibu Town, South City -1, 2, Sushant Lok-2, 3, Nirvana Country, Greenwood City, Mayfield Garden DLF etc will be taken over by the MCG.