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Gurgaon malls are hiding facts: HUDA

Mall authorities, on the other hand, claim that they have started removing violations in their malls.

india Updated: Sep 22, 2006 06:27 IST

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has alleged that the mall authorities, which were served sealing notices, are not cooperating with it in carrying out an investigation into violations of building plans. Only two of the six malls served notices have submitted their original building plans, while the deadline given to them expired on Wednesday, said HUDA officials.

Mall authorities, on the other hand, claimed that they have started removing violations in their malls.

The Enforcement wing of the Town & Country Planning Department, which is chaired by the HUDA administrator, had on September 16 served show cause notices to six malls for building-plan violations. The malls are Metropolitan, Plaza, DLF City Centre, Grand Mall, Mega Mall and Sahara Mall. On the September 18, they were given three days to produce the approved building plans of their malls before the district town planner (Enforcement).

"The mall authorities showed up with the approved plans of DLF City Centre and Sahara Mall, and they were given time until September 20 for submitting the approved plans of the rest of the malls. We are yet to get those plans from them," said SP Gupta, HUDA administrator.

Gupta said he had also requested HUDA headquarters at Panchkula in Chandigarh to make available the copies of the approved building plans of these malls. "The approved building plans will assist us in establishing the violations. The mall authorities are deliberately hiding these documents," Gupta added. "We had categorised the violations into six parts, such as unauthorised entry/exit points, violations of the floor area ratio, illegal hoardings and billboards, encroachment on atriums and unauthorised parking on green belts," said Gurmeet Kaur, district town planner (Enforcement).

Mall authorities say they are undoing the violations. "On our own we have almost vacated the atrium of the Metropolitan Mall. The play area, coffee kiosks and juice counters have been removed from the atriums. We will soon produce the copy of the approved building plan," said Brig Baljit Singh of MGF, which owns Metropolitan Mall.

Shalini Wadhawa, DLF spokeswoman, also claimed that some of the violations, such as billboards on uni-poles, had been removed from the Grand Mall. "We have removed some of the kiosks from the City Centre Mall. Some for which we had the legitimate approval have not been removed," she added. Meanwhile, the Town & Country Planning Department has served show cause notices to three more malls: Gold Souk in Sushant Lok, Regent Plaza on MG Road and Omaxe Plaza at Sohna Road.

They have been asked to appear in the office of HUDA on September 25.

First Published: Sep 22, 2006 06:27 IST