Abhishek Behl

Abhishek Behl

Abhishek Behl is principal correspondent, Hindustan Times in Gurgaon Bureau. He covers infrastructure, planning and civic agencies in the city. He has been covering Gurgaon as correspondent for the last 10 years, and has written extensively on the city.

Articles by Abhishek Behl
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Developer of Malibu Towne booked for violating fire safety norms

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 11:25 PM IST
The police have booked the developer of Malibu Towne — a residential township on Sohna Road — for alleged violations of fire safety norms on the premises of Maple Club based on the complaint of the city’s fire department, which found several shortcomings in the club’s fire fighting system
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DTCP to create a database of affordable housing projects in city

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:08 PM IST
A database of residential units and housing projects being developed under the affordable category will be created by the department of town and country planning (DTCP), which, on Wednesday, issued notices to 36 developers, seeking details of 95 such projects they are involved with in the city
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Industries in authorised colonies complain about lack of civic infrastructure

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 11:20 PM IST
For over 5,000 industries located in unauthorised colonies in different parts of the city, the lack of infrastructure and basic civic amenities, such as roads, water supply and sewage, is posing a major challenge
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DTCP to strengthen enforcement against illegal colonies, building violations

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 11:23 PM IST
The department of town and country planning(DTCP) in Gurugram and its counterparts in other districts have decided to further strengthen enforcement against illegal colonies, and constructions and violations in licensed colonies across the state
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Commuters who do not have a FASTag have to pay double the toll amount for the violation.(HT Photo)
Commuters who do not have a FASTag have to pay double the toll amount for the violation.(HT Photo)

Penalty collection up at Kherki Daula toll plaza, traffic woes continue

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 06:00 PM IST
Following the implementation of the digital-only toll collection at the Kherki Daula toll plaza, the penalty collected from commuters not using FASTags has increased by four to five times on Tuesday and Wednesday, said officials
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Gurugram: Notices to house owners over illegal use of property

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 11:25 PM IST
The department of town and country planning (DTCP) on Wednesday issued show-cause notices to 30 house owners in Palam Vihar and Uppal Southend localities, where residential premises are allegedly being misused to run commercial establishments such as shops, boutiques, offices of property dealers, gyms and clinics
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Vehicles line up at Kherki Daula toll plaza as payments go digital

By Leena Dhankhar and Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 11:32 PM IST
A traffic jam stretching for more than a kilometre was witnessed at the Kherki Daula toll plaza on the Delhi-Jaipur Expressway (NH-48) during the morning peak hours on Tuesday, as all toll plazas in the country switched to digital-only payments through FASTags
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Toll payment to go digital-only, deployment increased in Kherki Daula

By Abhishek Behl and Leena Dhankhar, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 11:23 PM IST
The Gurugram police and highway concessionaire have decided to increase deployment of traffic personnel and marshals at the Kherki Daula toll plaza to prevent jams on Tuesday morning, when the toll goes fully digital and will accept payments only through FASTags
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Kherki Daula toll plaza to go 100% digital from Tuesday, jams expected

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 11:29 PM IST
Commuters on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway should brace for congestion and traffic jams at the Kherki Daula toll plaza for next few days, as the government has made electronic toll payment through FASTags mandatory from Monday midnight
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Landowners voice grievances on land acquired by HSIIDC

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2021 03:19 PM IST
Landowners of five villages, whose land was acquired in 2006 by Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), held a panchayat on Saturday in Ghadoli Khurd village and demanded the formation of a committee comprising all stakeholders to decide on their grievances
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Kherki Daula toll plaza to be shifted in six months: Khattar

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 12:09 AM IST
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday announced that the Kherki Daula toll plaza will be shifted in six months, much to the relief of residents and owners of factories based in Manesar
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DTCP decides to cancel licence of Sare Homes, take over project

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2021 11:17 PM IST
Moving a step closer to taking over Sare Homes residential project in Sector 92, the department of town and country planning(DTCP) on Wednesday recommended that the licence of this township should be cancelled as presently the real estate company has no directors and the assets of the company have been frozen by Haryana-Real Estate Regulatory Authority (Gurugram)
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Work on Dwarka Expressway in Gurugram to be done by August: NHAI

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 11:14 PM IST
Work on two phases of Dwarka Expressway in Gurugram will be completed by August this year, as more than half the key works on the stretch have been completed, highway authority officials said on Wednesday
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DTCP approves plan change for setting up power infra

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 11:07 PM IST
The Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) has given in-principle approval to amend the layout plans of six developing sectors located along the Dwarka Expressway and Southern Peripheral Road, to allow the setting up of large electricity substations required to meet the load requirement of the area
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Apex court issues notice to HSVP on transfer of institutional plot

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 11:18 PM IST
The Supreme Court has issued a notice to Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran(HSVP) for not passing a speaking order with regards to changes in policy related to transfer of institutional plots alloted by the authority
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‘Chakka Jam’ observed in the city by protesters

By Abhishek Behl & Sadia Akhtar, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 11:17 PM IST
The Samyukt Kissan Morcha on Saturday held a symbolic protest at Krishna Chowk in Palam Vihar against the three farm laws as part of the ongoing nationwide farmers’ agitation
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NHAI imposes 3-cr penalty on Sohna road contractor for mishap last year

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 11:17 PM IST
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) imposed a 3-crore penalty on the contractor responsible for building the Sohna road elevated project, a section of which crashed near Vipul Green condominium on August 22 last year
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HSVP to take action against institutional plot owners for violating norms

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 11:34 PM IST
Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) has decided to take action against institutional plot holders for violating regulations
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H-Rera sends notice to developer for selling units in unregistered real estate project

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2021 11:48 PM IST
Haryana-Real Estate Regulatory Authority(H-Rera) in Gurugram has directed builders to refrain from selling apartments and plots before registering them with the real estate regulator
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NHAI hopeful of completing Sirhaul U-turn underpass by March, work on shifting toll gates to start

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 11:06 PM IST
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on Thursday said that the work on shifting the three toll collection lanes from Sirhaul toll plaza will commence from Monday and it will be completed within 10 days
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DTCP forbids builders to carry out changes in building plans with buyers’ consent

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:01 PM IST
Builders in Haryana would no longer be allowed to change their building plans without the prior consent of the existing home buyers
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Lack of cremation facilities in newer sectors compounds our grief: Residents

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:01 PM IST
Last month, when Sunil Srivastva, a resident of Sare Homes in Sector 91, lost his mother-in-law, he did not realise that apart from emotional distress, his family would also be facing a logistical nightmare in performing the last rites as it would have to be carried out at a cremation ground located 22 kilometres away, at Madanpuri near Rajiv Chowk
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HSVP to take action against illegal constructions beyond four floors

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 11:35 PM IST
Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran(HSVP) has decided to take action against property owners who have made additions above the fourth floor of their buildings
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Haryana govt to build low-cost apartments for slum dwellers

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 12:09 AM IST
Haryana government has decided to build low-cost flats for those living in slum clusters in the state
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Haryana govt revises scheduled rates for construction items

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 11:13 PM IST
Almost three decades after the last revision of Haryana Schedule of Rates (HSR) — the prices paid by the government to contractors for purchasing raw material —the state government on Wednesday announced that a revised list of rates shall be effective from March1
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Wazirabad residents launch protest against construction of crematorium

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:27 PM IST
After failing to get any response from the authorities, the residents of Wazirabad village have launched a protest to oppose the move by Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran(HSVP) to develop a large crematorium adjacent to their village
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HSVP prepares layout plan for transport hub in Sector 33

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 10:50 PM IST
After a delay of almost two decades in setting up a transport nagar (hub) for parking and operation of commercial vehicles in the city, the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) has finally prepared the revised layout plan for setting up this facility in Sector 33
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Plot owners call for 10% cut in proposed circle rates

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 11:02 PM IST
Plot owners, builders and homebuyers in the city have asked the district administration to reduce the circle rates by at least 10% as the real estate industry is facing a sustained slowdown due to the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic
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