Gurugram is faced with numerous issues — delay in takeover of licensed mushrooming of illegal colonies, poor infrastructure in plotted colonies, among many others. In a free-wheeling chat with TOI, the director of Department of Town and Country Planning, K M Pandurang, spoke about how, as head of the crucial department, he plans to address issues concerning the residents of Gurugram. Excerpts from the interview:
The chief minister recently gave a green signal for registration of the fourth floor as an independent dwelling unit in licensed plotted areas, but the infrastructure needs massive upgradation. How does the department plan to address the issue?
For every fourth floor being constructed by the plot owner, he has to purchase additional floor area ratio (FAR) and that amount is deposited directly to MCG by the plot owners. MCG has already received around Rs. 90 crores through purchasable FAR, (and) this amount can be utilised by the corporation in the upgradation of infrastructure that is lacking.
DTCP had ordered for immediate takeover of two colonies, Sushant Lok 1 and Palam Vihar, but there is no clarity on recovery of DPRs amount from the developers for pending infrastructure. Please comment.
We have discussed the issue with the MCG commissioner and committed that the department of town and country planning will ensure recovery of funds from the builders by transferring of builder’s site. We are planning to take CM’s approval in this regard so that the stalemate over colony takeover ends, and the residents are not deprived of mandatory services.
Gurugram has witnessed mushrooming of illegal colonies in the recent past but it seems department is facing resistance from local politicians. Is this effecting demolition drives and action against wrongdoers?
We are taking strict action against illegal colonies and every month, on an average, the department is conducting 10-12 demolition drives. Recently, the department had demolished a four-storey building covering 5,000 square metres in Sector 64 and 65. Apart from this, the department is making residents aware not to invest in illegal colonies and check the legal status of the colonies before putting in their hard-earned money.
There have been complaints about property owners violating construction norms after being issued occupation certificate. What measures has the department taken in this regard?
We have issued an order stating that the concerned district town planners should randomly check few properties after issuing the occupation certificates to check whether the property owner has adhered to the plan or made violations later. Strict action would be taken against those violating the norms. In Gurugram, DTP has taken action on such violations.
The department has failed to recover pending EDC and IDC charges to the tune of around Rs 20,000 crores from the developers. After previous policies failed to achieve the desired results, how is this new policy better than earlier ones?
The new policy gives benefit to the developers in clearing the pending EDC and IDC dues in easy instalments. Earlier, policies demanded around 50% upfront payment due to which developers did not show interest. In the new policy, the builder will have to pay first instalment after one year, thus giving him enough time to make payments. The department is seriously working to recover the pending amount so that it can be used to upgrade infrastructure in the area.
Has the department taken action against developers who have failed to pay pending EDC/IDC despite several reminders?
A Against the pending EDC/IDC of Rs. 91 crores, we have cancelled licences of 39 developers across the state. Out of these, 15 developers are from Gurugram, eight from Faridabad, five from Sonepat, and others from Rohtak (2), Hisar (2), Palwal (2), Yamunanagar (2), Karnal (1), Sirsa (1) and Fatehabad (1).
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