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No amenities, admin on realty licence issuing spree

At a time when the Millennium City is grappling with grave infrastructural concerns, the town and country department is indiscriminately issuing licences for setting up residential and commercial projects.

gurgaon Updated: Nov 05, 2012 00:44 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

At a time when the Millennium City is grappling with grave infrastructural concerns, the town and country department is indiscriminately issuing licences for setting up residential and commercial projects.

This frantic development is taking place in the newly earmarked sector 58-115 under the Gurgaon-Manesar Urban Complex 2031.

As many as 102 licenses were issued to private developers till September this year in Haryana. Of this, 85 per cent of the projects are earmarked for Gurgaon.

With electricity woes that have more than often brought the Millennium City to its knees, water crisis that has brought unforeseen wealth to private water tankers and roads that are an instant remedy to digestive issues, Gurgaon has come to epitomise civic horror.

At a time when the denizens are reeling under such infrastructure constrains, building new habitats come across as a little too short-sighted.

Since construction began in these new sectors in 2008-09, a sizable number of private developers such as DLF, Ansals, Unitech, Raheja, Bestech, Earth, M3M and Ireo, among others, are about to start delivering projects to buyers from April 2013.

However, except for a select number of master roads that connect these ready-to-be-delivered or under-construction projects, majority of the roads in these sectors are not ready for traffic.

Many roads are not linked to the major roads such as NH-8 due to litigation issues.

The Northern Peripheral Road (NPR), also known as Dwarka Expressway on which over 200 residential and commercial projects are coming up, has skipped its completion deadline twice.

When it comes to water, the Haryana government is yet to lay water channels in sectors 58-115. The NCR Water Canal, which was constructed at the cost of R322 crore, is yet to start operations.

With no other source of water, these areas depend on groundwater to meet their requirements. Since 1981, a total 1,231 development licences have been issued to private developers in the state of which majority have been issued in Gurgaon.

Abhilash Saxena, who purchased an apartment in Sector 82 just off the NH-8 in 2009, is likely to get the possession of his flat in April 2013.

However, he is a worried man these days. “Even if I get the possession of my apartment next year, I may not get the required access to it from the highway as the road that connects the highway to my apartments is under litigation. On top of that, there are hardly any street lights in the sector. I am worried about the water supply too," he said.

The developers, who refused to be quoted, admitted to the 'missing' infrastructure in a unanimous voice.

“We are about to start delivering apartments from next year but what worries us is the absence of adequate roads which lead to connectivity problems. The government has failed to address the issue despite the fact that we have paid them EDC (extra development charges) and other charges for basic infrastructure such as roads, water supply channels and drainage system," said a well-known developer.

Another real estate player squarely blamed the Haryana government for issuing scores of licences without giving due attention to the infrastructure.

“The state government has not learnt from its past mistakes. Despite collection of thousands of crores of rupees in the form of EDC for DLF City, Sushant Lok, South City and other Huda sectors (1-57), it is yet to lay trunk sewerage and drainage systems," he said.

“The government is going to make the same mistake in the case of these new sectors (58-115) where property development has outpaced infrastructure development," he added.

When asked where the EDC has been spent, SS Dhillon, secretary of the town and country planning department, said that R4,500 crore of the R7,400 crore collected from developers since 1981 has been spent on various infrastructure-related projects in Gurgaon.

“Most of the EDC money was spent in the last three-four years on Gurgaon. We have acquired land for laying master roads in the new sectors. Many of these roads have already been constructed. We are about to issue global tenders for other facilities such as master sewerage and drainage systems as we are still left with R3,000 crores as EDC," Dhillon added.