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Eye on development, mayor for new body

The proposal to set up a Gurgaon Development Authority (GDA), on lines of the one in Noida, is back in the spotlight.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2011 00:22 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

The proposal to set up a Gurgaon Development Authority (GDA), on lines of the one in Noida, is back in the
spotlight.

In a joint press conference addressed by city mayor Vimal Yadav, senior deputy mayor Yashpal Batra and deputy mayor Parminder Kataria on Saturday, they announced to raise the issue in the municipal house on August 27.

For the independent development authority to be set up, councillors of Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) would have to pass a resolution by majority voting.

The resolution would then be sent to the Haryana government for approval which will have the final say on the matter.
Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh has been raising the demand to have GDA for long, much against the wishes of Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

“Gurgaon needs an independent agency for past-paced development. MCG is a local government body and addresses the issues of taxation and revenue as well as maintenance of the city. With GDA in place, issues related to infrastructural development can be addressed. We are confident of passing a resolution in the forthcoming session which will be sent to the state government for approval,” Yadav said.

The mayor added that the move will ensure that revenue generated from Gurgaon is spent for development of the city and not diverted to other cities of Haryana.

Gurgaon generates about 47% of the total state revenue but receives hardly 10%.

While the municipal body has spent Rs 130 crore on various civic and infrastructural development projects in the last two years on Gurgaon, around Rs 150 crore has been diverted to Faridabad Municipal Corporation, Batra said.

“We have sought a clarification from the municipal commissioner on the total assets generated so far as well as the expenditure undertaken on various projects in Gurgaon in the last two years. We had given the municipal corporation two months to give a reply and the deadline expires next week,” Batra added.