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53 Gurugram villages may get urban tag to stop growth of illegal colonies

Many such colonies have come up along Sohna Road in Raisina, Harsaru Silani, Naya Gaon, Bhondsi, Khedli Lala, Gopalpur and along the Dwarka Expressway

gurgaon Updated: Jun 05, 2018 08:31 IST
Abhishek Behl
Abhishek Behl
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
Officials said property dealers sold 50 to 100 square yard plots, forcing the government to take preventive measures.
Officials said property dealers sold 50 to 100 square yard plots, forcing the government to take preventive measures. (HT File Photo)

In order to check the mushrooming growth of illegal colonies on agricultural land, the Department of Town and Country planning (DTCP) has proposed to declare 53 more villages in the Gurugram district as ‘urban areas’.

The decision will be implemented under the Section 7A of the Act 8 of Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban areas Act, 1975.

Section 7A of Urban Areas Act, 1975 is implemented in areas where it is suspected that unauthorised sale of land and illegal constructions are taking place. Once implemented the seller has to obtain a NOC from the DTCP, enforcement. Also, the revenue officials can’t execute a sale deed of land without the NOC of DTCP. Any sale of agriculture land less than 2 kanals requires NOC.

Officials said a proposal has been sent to Chandigarh for the state government’s approval.

Rajender T Sharma, district town planner (enforcement), said the decision was taken after revenue officials in Pataudi tehsil allegedly continued to register sale deeds in an unauthorised colony in Bhoran Kalan village, despite objections by the town planning officials.

“Unless Section 7A of the urban act is applicable, the sale deeds get registered despite loopholes. The property dealers are able to make money but the buyer faces action as he is not able to construct house due to lack of adequate permissions,” said Sharma, referring to the racket in which land sharks were building illegal colonies on such lands and duping homebuyers.

Many such colonies have come up along Sohna Road in Raisina, Harsaru Silani, Naya Gaon, Bhondsi, Khedli Lala, Gopalpur and along the Dwarka Expressway. Officials said in these areas property dealers sold 50 to 100 square yard plots, forcing the government to take preventive measures.

Currently, the Section 7A of the Urban Areas Act, 1975 is applicable to 96 villages in Gururgam district. Consequently , anyone buying or selling agricultural land has to obtain no-objection certificate (NOC) from the town and country planning department, ensuring there is no illegal growth or constructions.

Officials said section 7A is not applicable in the extended municipal areas of Pataudi, Farrukhnagar, and in several revenue estates in Sohna town, as a result of which illegal colonies are being developed in these villages.

“By extending section 7A to these 53 villages, any sale, subdivision of agriculture land less than 1,000 sq metres will be registered only after an NOC is issued by DTCP. This will ensure that illegal sale of land does not happen in unauthorized colonies as people are being duped by unscrupulous property dealers,” said Sharma.

The administration has demolished Demolition drives have been conducted in many illegal colonies being developed in Sohna, Bhondsi, Sultan and Pataudi by the department but still land deals are happening, and authorities want to prevent this. “A number of buyers had registries but this violates the law but extension of this act will prevent this”, said Sharma.