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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Sub-regional plan 2031 opens floodgate of licences to realtors

Sanjeev K Ahuja, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, June 23, 2014
First Published: 11:41 IST(23/6/2014) | Last Updated: 11:51 IST(23/6/2014)

After notifying the subregional plan 2031, the Haryana government has gone on an overdrive in issuing change of land use (CLU) permissions and licences to private developers in the state, especially Gurgaon.

The notification of the plan on May 28 cleared the decks for issuance of new licences to private developers.

As many as 43 such licences were issued in the current month in the state, out which 37 were for Gurgaon alone. Comparatively, in May the town and country planning department had issued just nine licences in the state and just two for Gurgaon. The department has issued a total of 52 such licences in the state with 39 for Gurgaon from January 1 to June 18.

After notifying the sub-regional plan (SRP), which was in deep freeze since January, the state government had sought clarification from the office of the Haryana Advocate General on whether it can start grant of CLU permissions and licences.

Additional Advocate General Kamal Sehgal on June 9 said since the SRP has been finalised, there was no legal impediment in proceeding with the development activities like g rant of CLU per missions, licences and land acquisition proceedings. Haryana’s chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda then directed that further action be taken as per Sehgal’s advice.

The activities related to grant of licences to developers were halted due to the non-finalization of Haryana’s sub regional plan, stipulated under the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) Act, by the state government. This had resulted in widespread resentment among the developers’ lobby.

Navin Raheja, chairman, NAREDCO (National Real Estate Development Council) had earlier said that since a score of development licences had been lying pending with the town and country planning departments of Haryana for approval, new projects were not coming up in the state.

“As a result, not only were huge investments stuck, the cost of future projects too was set to escalate. It will affect the home buyers in the future, add cost to future projects because of the delay in launches. The developers would be left with no other option but to transfer the burden of additional cost to end-users,” Raheja had said.

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