In an unprecedented move, the Haryana lokayukta has directed top brass of the Town and Country Planning (TCP) department to furnish details regarding the number of township licenses issued to private developers in the last 20 years. The lokayukta has also directed officials to provide information about whether developers have adhered to licensing guidelines and whether any action was taken against flouting norms.
The order came after a complaint by residents of Mayfield Garden in Gurgaon. Complainants alleged that thousands of people have been cheated by developers as they sold plots and flats without mandatory clearances.
Also, despite the fact that licenses had not been renewed for many years, no penal action was taken, complainants alleged.
The matter will be heard next on December 15.
Notices have been sent to the Director General (DG) of the Town and Country Planning department and the senior town planner (STP).
Residents claim that many developers have failed to follow terms and conditions laid down for obtaining licenses and the Town and Country Planning department has remained largely unaware of the issue, for many years in certain cases.
In an earlier case, it was after the office of the lokayukta intervened that the department issued an embargo against unsold properties of a couple of developers who had not cleared dues worth more than R100 crore to the Haryana government.
Following series of complaints against private developers by the concerned residents welfare association in July, the Haryana government had imposed an embargo on the licensee companies of Mayfield Project in sector 47, 50, 51, 52 and 57 in Gurgaon not to further dispose of any property falling under the project. The companies had not set up the colony as per approved layout plans in accordance with the bilateral agreement executed between them and the Director of Town and Country Planning.
Similar orders had earlier come with regard to the sale of Aardee City.