The Haryana government is formulating a new zonal policy for strengthening infrastructure in several cities across the state, especially Gurgaon, in a phased manner, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Thursday.
“As per the policy, we will first start work in habituated areas and later take up other areas. For this, we are assimilating resources and may turn to financial institutions, if needed, to finance infrastructure projects. We will also recover the pending external development charges (EDC) -- that is running into thousands of crores -- from developers,” Khattar said while interacting with developers and representatives of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) during a two-day seminar in New Delhi.
Khattar also took a dig at the previous governments in Haryana for using EDC collected from Gurgaon in other parts of the state. “Previous governments in Haryana mismanaged the EDC collected from Gurgaon by diverting the money to other areas such as Rohtak. This resulted in haphazard and scattered development of housing projects -- some areas are thickly populated, while others are empty. We have decided to balance growth in cities such as Gurgaon,” Khattar said.
The developers raised the issue of deficient infrastructure in newly developed sectors of 58 to 115 and requested the CM to lay more road between Gurgaon and Delhi.
To this, Khattar said: “I have taken charge of Gurgaon and started meeting the officials of different departments to strengthen the city’s infrastructure and resolve other issues.”
Khattar’s statement comes over a year after he was sworn in as Haryana’s chief minister. Recently, on December 11, he had made a surprise visit to the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) office, where he presided over a meeting with the MCG commissioner, Huda administrator, deputy commissioner and other senior officials. He discussed about infrastructure deficiencies and pending and stalled development in the city.
The CM said the construction of the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway is in progress. Work from Palwal to Manesar will be completed in the next six months, while tenders for the Kundli to Manesar stretch have been floated. The stretch will be ready in two years.
Regarding new road links between Gurgaon and Delhi, Kahttar said the proposal for constructing a road between Vasant Vihar (near Nelson Mandela Marg and DLF Phase 3) Metro extension between Sector 21 in Dwarka and Iffco Chowk and a link road between Dhaula Kuan and Manesar were being considered by the state government.
“We would soon be completing the work on the Dwarka Expressway, however, the Delhi government and Central government agencies such as the DDA have to do their bit and complete the 900-m stretch in the Delhi region to connect Gurgaon areas of the Dwarka Expressway,” he said.