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Gurgaon: In first meeting, GMDA holds off key issues, okays infra projects

gurgaon Updated: Jan 31, 2018 23:44 IST
Abhishek Behl
Abhishek Behl
Hindustan Times
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Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar addresses a press conference in Gurgaon following the first meeting of The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority on Wednesday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

The first meeting of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), chaired by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar,was to clear projects that are key to shaping the city’s future. However, it preferred, instead, to hold off on some key issues, including extending the Delhi Metro to Gurgaon, setting up a multi-specialty hospital and a medical college in the city.

The GMDA, however, approved the construction of a flyover from Umang Bhardwaj chowk to Basai chowk and a flyover and an underpass at Atul Kataria chowk in a bid to remove traffic bottlenecks in Gurgaon.

The CM also said that the GMDA will be accountable to the legislature and if the functioning of the agency falls short of expectations, it could even be questioned by the people’s representatives. According to the GMDA Act, the authority could even be dissolved by the government in certain cases.

“The authority will be accountable to the people. It is being developed as an organisation that will cater to the needs of residents and turn Gurugram into a city of the future,” the chief minister said.

The Haryana government had announced the formation of Gurugram Development Authority, which was later renamed Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) on September 5, 2016. This was mooted after the government faced flak for the nightmarish jams — it had continued for over 24 hours — in Gurgaon on the night of July 28 following incessant rains.

On October 25, the GMDA Bill, 2017, was passed in the Haryana assembly paving the way for the constitutional formation of the authority.

As required under Section 57 of the GMDA Act, 2017, the authority, in the meeting on Wednesday, approved the seven sets of Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority Regulations.

Rao Inderjit Singh, Gurgaon MP and Union minister of state for statistics and programme implementation, was also present in the meeting. He told officials that while laying out a vision for the city was a positive step, they must ensure that the big ideas don’t remain on paper and are implemented on the ground.

“I emphasised on the need to upgrade the Civil Hospital, bus stand and set up of a multi-level parking facility in the city, which has remained on paper for years. The issue of Metro connectivity to old Gurgaon was also discussed in detail,” Singh told mediapersons.

Khattar also said that the first meeting of the GMDA featured a number of presentations, including the rollout of the One Map Gurgaon software application, which will be GIS-based, and making the authority a paperless office.

The proposal to launch a dedicated public bus service in the city also came up for discussion at the meeting. The chief minister said that by August 15, 200 non-air conditioned CNG buses would be introduced in the city. Officials said that a tender for operating these buses has been floated and the service will be launched within four months from the date of awarding the contract to the concessionaire.

V Umashankar, CEO, GMDA, said that the Smart City initiative, as part of which the GMDA has brought key areas of Sadar Bazar under CCTV surveillance, was also discussed at the meeting. The authority plans to set up a dedicated optical fibre network across the city to ensure CCTV surveillance, traffic monitoring and control and implementation of projects such as Smart Parking, Smart Water, Solid Waste Management, Smart LED Street Light Monitoring and Control and Environmental Monitoring. It will also facilitate the rollout of the Geographical Information System, a citywide public Wi-Fi service and the GMDA Mobile App for residents.

However, the authority decided to take up proposals such as setting up a medical college, super-specialty hospital and extending the Metro network to Old Gurgaon at its next meeting.

First Published: Jan 31, 2018 23:44 IST