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MCG unsure how to draw revenue from new sectors

india Updated: May 18, 2011 00:17 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

The discussion over transfer of sectors between the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) seems to be entering a stalemate.

The MCG had asked for a detailed report pertaining to revenue and costs, which Huda had provided to the civic agency some time ago, said a senior Huda official.

Now, the controversy is related to generation of revenue to maintain the 21 sectors of New Gurgaon which, according to the MCG, is insufficient currently. "They want us to take all liabilities, which include sanitation, streetlights, sewage and roads, of all these sectors without transferring the ownership. It has to be a principled decision," said BS Singroha, chief engineer, MCG.

By keeping the ownership, Huda reserves the right of selling unsold land in these sectors, which is a mega revenue-earner. HUDA officials said the transfer of ownership is out of question.

"Even in Faridabad, we didn't transfer the ownership but only the responsibility to maintain roads, sewage and drainage," said a senior Huda official under condition of anonymity because the official is not authorised to speak to the media.

But MCG officials said if they are given the right to sell properties in the new sectors, they can meet their expenses easily. "As such there is no reluctance from our side but there should be a process to earn revenue. We can't take responsibility when we can't charge to meet our expenses. It has to go through a proper process. We are under that process," said Sudhir Rajpal, commissioner, MCG.

The two agencies, however, has reached a consensus on the transfer of ownership and responsibility of water supply, which will be effected by September 1 this year.

In March, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had given approval to transfer two dozen Huda sectors falling under the jurisdiction of the MCG. These include Sectors 3 extension, 4, 5, 6 (part), 7, 7 extension, 9, 9A, 10, 10A, 12, 14, 15 (part 1 and 2), 17, 21, 22, 23, 23A, industrial estate 18, 47 and two urban estates.