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

Gurugram: DTCP seeks restraint on payments to Mahira Group projects

In a major relief to homebuyers who have invested in housing projects of Mahira Infratech and complained of being pressurised to pay instalment of their dues despite the real estate firm being blacklisted, the department of town and country planning (DTCP) on Thursday said it has recommended that the builder be restricted from demanding payments till the matter is resolved
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Published on May 27, 2022 12:02 AM IST
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Housing prices spike in 8 cities; Delhi-NCR tops list

According to the study released by industry body Credai, average housing prices across the country rose 4%, while the number in Delhi-NCR was nearly triple, at 11.3%. Prices in Bengaluru and Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) increased only 1%.
The Housing Price Tracker 2022 report indicated that buyers preferred ready-to-move-in projects as compared to those under construction, particularly in all micro-markets in Gurugram. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times)
The Housing Price Tracker 2022 report indicated that buyers preferred ready-to-move-in projects as compared to those under construction, particularly in all micro-markets in Gurugram. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 26, 2022 09:43 PM IST
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Gurugram’s mercury to rise gradually but light rain expected on weekend: IMD

The city is likely to witness cloudy skies for the next few days, but there is no likelihood of rain until the weekend, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted on Wednesday, adding that due to the rainfall earlier this week, the mercury is also likely to remain a few notches lower than normal
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Updated on May 25, 2022 11:12 PM IST
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Safari park in Aravallis to be world’s largest: Haryana CM Khattar

Government teams will visit various parks abroad to learn best practices for the proposed Aravalli Safari Park project
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Published on May 25, 2022 11:10 PM IST
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Agencies come up with plan to stop flooding on Golf Course Road

The diversion of rainwater flowing onto the Golf Course Road, deployment of a quick reaction team, and the installation of diesel/generator sets to run water pumps are some of the measures that the Gururgam Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) and the developer DLF, which is in also in charge of maintaining this road, plan to undertake during the monsoon to prevent a repeat of the water logging that took place on a stretch of the road on Monday morning due to the intense spell of rain
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Published on May 25, 2022 12:07 AM IST
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DTCP asks buyers to refrain from investing in 15 projects in Gurugram with cancelled licenses

The department of town and country planning (DTCP), which has cancelled at least 15 real estate project licences in the last five years in Gurugram, on Tuesday prepared an advisory asking home buyers and investors not to invest their money in these projects
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Published on May 25, 2022 12:06 AM IST
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Gurugram records drop in temperatures; rain, overcast likely today

Temperatures may rise gradually from Wednesday, but would not be as severe as before, said the IMD on Sunday
Gurugram on Sunday recorded a maximum temperature of 44 °C and a minimum of 25.4°C. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Gurugram on Sunday recorded a maximum temperature of 44 °C and a minimum of 25.4°C. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 22, 2022 11:45 PM IST
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HRERA issues notice to freeze bank accounts of Mahira Infratech

Following the cancellation of a licence of a housing project in Sector 68 and blacklisting four other projects being developed by Mahira Infratech Ltd (formerly known as Sai Aaina Farms Pvt Ltd), the Haryana Real Estate Regulatory Authority (HRERA) Gurugram on Friday said it has issued a notice to freeze all bank accounts associated with the real estate firm
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Published on May 21, 2022 04:30 AM IST
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Light rain in Gurugram; IMD predicts mercury drop over next five days

City likely to witness isolated and scattered thunderstorms, dust storms and cloudy weather, which could bring down the temperature by a few notches
Gurugram on Friday recorded a maximum temperature of 47.4°C and a minimum of 28.5°C, said the IMD. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Gurugram on Friday recorded a maximum temperature of 47.4°C and a minimum of 28.5°C, said the IMD. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 21, 2022 04:07 AM IST
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‘New Maruti plant in Kharkhoda to make 1 million cars by 2028’

The CM also said HSIIDC had also allotted 1,000 small plots to smaller units in Kharkhoda, which will play a key role in developing the industrial ecosystem of the township
Maruti Suzuki purchased land in Kharkhoda to set up its new plant due to the better environment in Haryana, said chairman RC Bhargava. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Maruti Suzuki purchased land in Kharkhoda to set up its new plant due to the better environment in Haryana, said chairman RC Bhargava. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 20, 2022 12:08 AM IST
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Land allotted for Maruti Suzuki’s new plant in Kharkhoda

Gurugram: Auto major Maruti Suzuki aims to manufacture 250,000 cars per annum from 2025 during the first phase of production at its new plant in Kharkhoda, the company announced on Friday
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Published on May 19, 2022 11:47 PM IST
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Haryana government plans Dubai roundtable for Global City project

Gurugram: The Haryana government plans to hold a roundtable in Dubai with top developers to invest in the Global City project
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, deputy CM Dushyant Singh Chautala and top cop Kala Ramachandran at the roundtable conference in Gurugram on Wednesday. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, deputy CM Dushyant Singh Chautala and top cop Kala Ramachandran at the roundtable conference in Gurugram on Wednesday. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 19, 2022 12:18 AM IST
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Haryana CM meets officials over Metro project, wants DPR in 15 days

Khattar said that the proposed extension to Dwarka will “greatly help commuters between west Delhi and Gurugram”
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar during the meeting on Wednesday. (SOURCED)
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar during the meeting on Wednesday. (SOURCED)
Published on May 19, 2022 12:13 AM IST
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Gurugram transit body to file report on Dwarka Sec-21, Palam Vihar Metro link

According to the detailed project report, the spur or metro extension connecting Rezangla Chowk in Palam Vihar and Dwarka Sector 21 station will be 8.4km long, of which 5km will be from Palam Vihar to Sector 111 in Gurugram and remaining 3.4 km will be in Delhi.
Gurugram, India - May 21, 2019: Metro service operations on the Yellow Line were hit at around 9:30 am due to the breakdown of overhead wires between Sultanpur station and Chattarpur Metro station, in Gurugram, India, on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Photo by Parveen Kumar / Hindustan Times) **Pic to go with Prayag Arora’s story**
Gurugram, India - May 21, 2019: Metro service operations on the Yellow Line were hit at around 9:30 am due to the breakdown of overhead wires between Sultanpur station and Chattarpur Metro station, in Gurugram, India, on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Photo by Parveen Kumar / Hindustan Times) **Pic to go with Prayag Arora’s story**
Updated on May 18, 2022 09:17 AM IST
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Gurugram: Sector 46 residents protest against power cuts

Gurugram: Residents of Sector 46 and adjoining areas came out to protest power outages and register their grievances against the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (HBVN)
Around 300 residents took out a rally from Sector 46 to Bakhtawar Chowk in Gurugram on Monday. (SOURCED)
Around 300 residents took out a rally from Sector 46 to Bakhtawar Chowk in Gurugram on Monday. (SOURCED)
Updated on May 17, 2022 01:56 AM IST
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At 48.1°C, Gurugram records highest maximum temperature since Haryana was formed

However, there might be some relief from the blistering heat as light rainfall is expected on Monday and Tuesday in isolated areas of Punjab, Haryana, and the hilly areas
Gurugram, India-May 15: Commuters out on a hot summer day at Civil Lines road near John Hall, in Gurugram, India, on Sunday, May 15, 2022. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Gurugram, India-May 15: Commuters out on a hot summer day at Civil Lines road near John Hall, in Gurugram, India, on Sunday, May 15, 2022. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 16, 2022 06:03 PM IST
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At 46.8°C, city records season’s highest temperature; IMD issues orange alert

Gurugram: Gurugram on Saturday recorded the highest maximum temperature of the season this year at 46
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Published on May 15, 2022 12:24 AM IST
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Homebuyers demand timely completion of Sai Aaina project

On May 9, the DTCP cancelled the licence of the housing project citing that land documents, agreements and bank guarantee documents submitted by the developer were allegedly forged, leaving 1,500 homebuyers in the lurch
Homebuyers of Sai Aaina project demand timely completion and delivery of flats, during a protest at DTCP office in Gurugram on Friday. (Vipin Kumar/HT photo)
Homebuyers of Sai Aaina project demand timely completion and delivery of flats, during a protest at DTCP office in Gurugram on Friday. (Vipin Kumar/HT photo)
Published on May 13, 2022 11:55 PM IST
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GMDA to rationalise water supply in Gurugram to tide over shortage: Officials

According to the authority, water saved via this exercise will help improve the availability of water in colonies at the tail-end of its supply pipeline
The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority has identified around 20,000 households in 10 colonies to which water is supplied round the clock due to the lack of underground water tanks in these areas, said the officials. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority has identified around 20,000 households in 10 colonies to which water is supplied round the clock due to the lack of underground water tanks in these areas, said the officials. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 06, 2022 04:33 PM IST
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Structural safety guidelines prescribe 3-4 audits during construction: Khattar

Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday released the structural safety guidelines, which developers have to follow during construction of high-rise projects in the state, at the concluding session of the Sewocon before addressing the gathering of RWA members
Gurugram, India - February 14, 2022: A view of the rubble seen after few floors collapsed inside an apartment building at Chintels Paradiso in Sector 109 in Gurugram, India, on Monday, February 14, 2022. (Photo by Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times) (Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)
Gurugram, India - February 14, 2022: A view of the rubble seen after few floors collapsed inside an apartment building at Chintels Paradiso in Sector 109 in Gurugram, India, on Monday, February 14, 2022. (Photo by Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times) (Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 29, 2022 11:55 PM IST
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Damage to GMDA’s new pipeline hits water supply for a day

The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) on Saturday said its main water supply pipeline catering to sectors 111 to 115 was allegedly damaged near Bajghera by a group of unidentified men involved in supplying water to condominiums through tankers
Damage to GMDA’s new pipeline hits water supply for a day
Damage to GMDA’s new pipeline hits water supply for a day
Published on Apr 24, 2022 12:04 AM IST
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Power situation to improve soon, talks on to purchase energy from pvt producer: Haryana CM

According to power officials, there is a shortage of at least 300 megawatts (MW) to 1,800MW in several areas across the state due to factors such as non-supply from private players, heavy demand due to increased industrial and manufacturing activities
Additional chief secretary (power) PK Das said that after the third wave of the pandemic subsided this year, there has been a massive surge in economic and urbanisation activities due to which the power demand increased in the state. (Representative image/HT Archive)
Additional chief secretary (power) PK Das said that after the third wave of the pandemic subsided this year, there has been a massive surge in economic and urbanisation activities due to which the power demand increased in the state. (Representative image/HT Archive)
Published on Apr 22, 2022 01:13 AM IST
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ByDebashish Karmakar and Abhishek Behl

Gurugram industries say prolonged power cuts causing losses

Owners said they had suffered huge losses for two years due to Covid and when they started recovering, unscheduled power cuts again hit their businesses, and despite paying extra time to the employees they are unable to generate any revenue
Manmohan Gaind, vice-president, MIWA, said that unscheduled night-long power cuts have become a regular phenomena in Manesar over the last couple of weeks, and it has impacted production. (HT Archive)
Manmohan Gaind, vice-president, MIWA, said that unscheduled night-long power cuts have become a regular phenomena in Manesar over the last couple of weeks, and it has impacted production. (HT Archive)
Published on Apr 22, 2022 01:09 AM IST
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ByLeena Dhankhar and Abhishek Behl

Not satisfied with concessional passes for Sohna Road toll plaza, locals to continue agitation

The locals have now decided to hold a meeting on April 26 and decide the future course of action for their agitation
The residents have been demanding exemption from toll for local commuters and use of the service road toll-free. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The residents have been demanding exemption from toll for local commuters and use of the service road toll-free. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 21, 2022 12:23 AM IST
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Residents living around 20km of Ghamroj toll plaza to get discount passes

Even before the Ghamroj toll plaza was put up in the area on April 1, the locals protested the move and held a mahapanchyat in March, and subsequently organised several other meetings, which led to a larger protest on April 18
The directive follows a meeting on Tuesday between the officials of NHAI and members of a social group — Toll Hatao Sangharsh Samiti (THSS) — in Delhi, which was chaired by Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala. (Sourced)
The directive follows a meeting on Tuesday between the officials of NHAI and members of a social group — Toll Hatao Sangharsh Samiti (THSS) — in Delhi, which was chaired by Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala. (Sourced)
Published on Apr 20, 2022 12:14 AM IST
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New structural safety guidelines in Haryana to ensure safety of high rise buildings

The new safety guidelines assume importance in the wake of the DTCP receiving more than 60 complaints from residents’ welfare societies regarding poor construction and structural issues in high-rise buildings in the state
Another trigger for this exercise, DTCP officials said, is the February 10 incident wherein the ceilings of six floors of Tower D in Chintels Paradiso condominium in Sector 109 collapsed, killing two residents. (ANI)
Another trigger for this exercise, DTCP officials said, is the February 10 incident wherein the ceilings of six floors of Tower D in Chintels Paradiso condominium in Sector 109 collapsed, killing two residents. (ANI)
Published on Apr 17, 2022 01:42 AM IST
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Residents to protest at Ghamroj toll on April 18 to press demand for exemption

Residents of condominiums and villages along Sohna road and Sohna town have decided to hold a protest at the Ghamroj toll plaza on April 18 to press their demand for exempting people living within 20km of the highway from paying toll tax, on the lines of the Kherki Daula toll plaza, or shift the toll booth to the nearby Delhi Mumbai Expressway
Gurugram, India - April 13, 2022: A view of the Ghamroj Toll Plaza on Sohna Road, in Gurugram, India, on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. Residents of Sohna and nearby villages demands to shift the toll plaza 60 km away. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times) **Story pics for Abhishake Behl** (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Gurugram, India - April 13, 2022: A view of the Ghamroj Toll Plaza on Sohna Road, in Gurugram, India, on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. Residents of Sohna and nearby villages demands to shift the toll plaza 60 km away. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times) **Story pics for Abhishake Behl** (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 14, 2022 11:42 PM IST
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Chintels Paradiso owners hold silent protests to mark two months of collapse

A group of apartment owners of Chintels Paradiso held silent protests at different government offices, including the mini-secretariat, police commissionerate, and at the condominium on Sunday to mark two months of the multiple ceiling collapse in Tower D of the condominium that killed two residents
Chintels Paradiso owners hold silent protests to mark two months of collapse
Chintels Paradiso owners hold silent protests to mark two months of collapse
Published on Apr 11, 2022 12:22 AM IST
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Green view condominium ‘unsafe’, NBCC told to decide on refund plan in 30 days

In view of this development, the DTCP has now asked NBCC to finalize a plan for refunding the cost of the flats or working out a suitable settlement to the owners within the next 30 days.
Gurugram, India - Feb. 17, 2022: A view of the Green View NBBC Residential Complex, in Sector 37 D, in Gurugram, India, on Thursday, February 17, 2022. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times) (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Gurugram, India - Feb. 17, 2022: A view of the Green View NBBC Residential Complex, in Sector 37 D, in Gurugram, India, on Thursday, February 17, 2022. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times) (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 10, 2022 05:08 AM IST
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188 home owners of Chintels Paradiso move Supreme Court seeking aid

The matter regarding compensation and probe into the collapse at the condominium is already pending in the Supreme Court
Many ceilings of Tower D of Chintels Paradiso collapsed on February 10, killing two people. (HT PHOTO)
Many ceilings of Tower D of Chintels Paradiso collapsed on February 10, killing two people. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 06, 2022 12:28 AM IST
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