Gurugram: DLF-3 residents to keep eye on illegal structures – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: In a first in the city, the residents of DLF-3 have formed a committee to keep a check on unauthorised construction on plots earmarked for houses in the economically weaker section (EWS) category within the licensed colony. The committee will also prepare a database of all EWS plots, ownership details and violations noticed.

The move came after 150 properties on smaller EWS plots, measuring 60 to 120 sq yards, were recently sealed by the department of town and country planning (DTCP) for unauthorised construction and illegal commercial activities.

Residents have been complaining that a few blocks of DLF-3 have become “unliveable” because of the mushrooming of illegal paying guest accommodations and guesthouses, particularly in the EWS plots of 60 and 120 square yards. This, according to them, has caused chaos in the area by adversely affecting resources such as electricity, water supply and other civic amenities.

DTCP officials had spotted, during inspection visits, that plot owners have violated the norms by 100% ground coverage, constructing 6-7 storey buildings and combining two or more plots to use the premises for commercial establishments like offices, grocery shops and restaurants.

During a meeting with district town planner (enforcement) RS Batth on Thursday, the residents agreed to remove encroachments immediately and demolish extra floors constructed in violation of the norms. “The residents will submit an action-taken report on the corrective measures taken by them to the district town planner’s office within 15 days. During this period, the enforcement team will conduct surprise inspection visits and verify whether the residents are removing unauthorised construction or not,” he said.

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Gurugram civic body seeks ‘shortest possible’ infra deadline for DLF-1, 2 and 3 – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Under pressure to take over DLF-1, 2 and 3 without further delay, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has directed the developer to submit a letter of commitment giving “the shortest possible deadline” for completing pending infrastructure work in the three licensed colonies.

MCG chief Vinay Pratap Singh has also constituted a committee comprising the chief engineer, joint commissioner and ward councillors to inspect the development work being done by DLF, the developer, before takeover. The officials will also examine and analyse the original detailed project report (DPR) and submit a report on augmenting the infrastructure to MCG within 15 days.

Singh will review the status of development work in a meeting scheduled on February 10. Keeping in view the inconvenience faced by residents due to delay in completion of pending infrastructure work, Singh said the civic body may carry out additional development work which are not covered in the DPR for takeover. MCG is likely to carry out cleaning of roads and drains, installation of gym canopies in parks, sewage treatment plants and composting plants, trimming of trees and laying of tiles in common areas.

In February 2019, the state government had ordered the department of town and country planning to transfer the maintenance and upkeep of services, including roads, open spaces, public parks and public health services, of DLF-1, 2 and 3, Palam Vihar, Sushant Lok-l, South City-1 and 2 and Suncity to MCG.

As per the order, DLF-1, 2 and 3 were to be taken over by the civic body after verification of the pending infrastructure work completed by the developer. The three colonies have yet not been taken over as the developer hasn’t completed the pending work yet. This has also hindered the undertaking of development and improvement work in these colonies proposed by the councillors of ward 34 and 35.

Councillor of ward 34 RS Rathee said the development work is being carried out by DLF as per the revised DPR, whereas the consultant had originally prepared the DPR not only for carrying out special repairs of the existing roads, public parks, open spaces, street lighting and public health services, but also for the additional infrastructure required as per the present-day requirement. “The original DPR cost was Rs 192.9 crore, which was later revised by the government to Rs 35.4 crore,” he said. He said a survey of such work, including work in parks and green belts, should be carried out in consultation with the ward councillors concerned for preparation of DPR. “These works should be executed by the civic body even before formal taking over of these colonies,” he said.

Kusum Yadav, councillor of ward 35, said the claims of DLF that 60% of the roads in DLF-3 have been recarpeted are not true. “Hardly 20% of the roads in the colony have been recarpeted till date. Further, there is an acute shortage of water supply in V-Block. An underground tank should be constructed by MCG before summer to meet the water requirement,” she said.

A DLF representative who attended the review meeting held on January 6 had informed the civic body that the speed of work slowed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the developer is committed to complete the work at the earliest possible. She said DTCP had granted partial completion certificates on the basis of completion of internal development work in accordance with the approved service plan estimates.

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Gurugram: Illegal construction rampant, residents of DLF-2 and 3 go to DTCP – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Residents of DLF-2 and 3 have approached the department of town and country planning (DTCP) seeking action against rampant illegal construction going on in the area by some plot owners in violation of the building norms.

Sudhir Wahi, a resident of DLF-2, said unauthorised construction being carried out by one of his neighbours, Parveen Gupta, caused damage to his house. DTCP has already recommended the registration of an FIR against Gupta for violating the building norms and causing injuries to another neighbour.

“The force exerted by the commercial digging machines that were used by my neighbour has damaged my underground water tank. The tank has now become unusable as water leaks from it, resulting in seepage in connecting walls,” Wahi said. He added that the beams on Gupta’s ground floor are projecting beyond his boundary and resulted in cracks in Wahi’s wall.

DTCP filed a police complaint and recommended an FIR against Gupta, his architect and structural engineer for violating building norms three days ago after the parapet wall on the terrace of Gupta’s building fell on an adjacent house in September last year, due to which a neighbour sustained injuries.

As per the complaint filed by the department, the parapet wall on the building’s terrace, which was supposed to have a thickness of 9 inches, was only four-inch thick and failed structurally.

During the course of its investigation, the DTCP found that Gupta had procured approval of the building plan through the self-certification scheme. Under this, the owner, along with the architect and the structural engineer, is responsible for carrying out and supervising construction as per norms, and also for ensuring safety.

Wahi said, “While I will follow the process in court, I have written to DTCP and DLF to get the construction stopped immediately at Gupta’s premises. If not stopped, the illegal construction may lead to my house collapsing. Gupta should also be directed to get the damages to my property rectified urgently at his cost,” he said.

Tej Singh Yadav, a resident of DLF-3 has also submitted a complaint to DTCP alleging threats by neighbours. “My parents, who are elderly and have heart disease, are being harassed by some neighbours after they objected to unauthorised construction in the latter’s buildings. One of the neighbours is carrying out unauthorised construction, which is blocking the staircase and poses a risk to the structural integrity of the 30-year-old building in which we live,” said Mili, Yadav’s daughter.

The department has been flooded with many such similar complaints in the two DLF colonies, where unauthorised construction has damaged adjoining buildings or posed threats to the buildings’ structures.

When contacted, district town planner RS Batth said: “We have taken action against such buildings and property owners in DLF areas. I will personally visit the sites and initiate strict action against unauthorised construction. In case of serious violations, the department will file police complaints against the property owners.”

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