Gurugram: DTCP issues notice to builder of Ardee City for delayed registry – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: The developer of Ardee City in Sector 52 is likely to face action for delay in the execution of registry of the homes of around 300 families.

These families have been waiting for the rightful ownership of their houses for over a decade now.

Now, the department of town and country planning (DTCP) has issued a notice to the developer stating that the process of execution of the pending registries should be started within a week’s time or else a FIR would be registered against the developer. Earlier in March, the chief minister had directed the department to ensure registry.

While the developer has cited non-payment of maintenance amount by residents as the reason behind the delay, residents have claimed that the entire amount has been paid.

Buyers started getting possession of their homes in 2008. At present, 300 families are living in Ardee City without conveyance deeds of the properties. As a result, they have been unable to sell or purchase homes in the area, and neither can they mortgage their properties with a bank for loans, if required.

Residents alleged they have moved from pillar to post for registry but the issue hasn’t been resolved till now. The matter was also raised before chief minister Monahar Lal Khattar during a grievance committee meeting in Gurgaon on February 15. Khattar had directed the district town planner (DTP) to initiate registry and complete it within one month.Gurgaon district town planner RS Batth said the process was delayed due to the lockdown imposed due to Covid-19. After relaxation of lockdown norms and re-opening of government offices, the developer was asked to submit the details of buyers but they haven’t received a response yet, he said.

“In a notice issued on Thursday, we have given the developer a week’s time to submit the details of homebuyers who have deposited the outstanding amounts and those who haven’t. If the developer fails to submit these documents within a week, an FIR will be lodged against them (developer),” Gurgaon district town planner RS Batth said, adding that several meetings have been conducted on the matter and department has directed developers to complete registry.

Anil Hasija of Gopal Dass Estate and Housing Pvt Ltd, the developer of Ardee City, said residents are not being denied registry of their properties, but they should first settle their dues and maintenance fees. Asked about the DTCP notice, he said, “We haven’t received it any such notice yet.”

Residents, meanwhile, said the Ardee City RWA has already submitted files of each resident with all documents showing that full payment has been made to the builder. “On March 2, the RWA submitted documents that had been meticulously arranged so that registry could be started. Since then, the department has been silent even though we have been regularly following up on the matter with them,” said Chaitali, a homebuyers.

“Families have been denied rightful ownership of their floors. This is despite having made full payments. We have sent numerous letters to the builder, but haven’t received a response. We have raised this issue at several forums as well to no avail,” she added.



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Gurugram: How a planned colony became hub of illegal PGs – ET RealEstate

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GURUGRAM: For residents of DLF-3, one of the oldest licensed colonies in the city, the fight is for basic amenities, and one they have been fighting since years.

“We are fighting a big battle against local mafias who have money and muscle power. They have converted the residential colony into a hub of illegal PGs and guesthouses. Be it water, electricity, guesthouses, paying guest (PG) accommodations, shops or markets — they are the ones who run the colony,” said Sameer Puri, president of DLF-3 Voice.

In 1981, DLF got a licence on a 1,450-acre land for setting up three colonies — DLF-1, 2 and 3. The maximum number of 60 sq yard plots fell under DLF-3 and these were meant for the economically weaker section (EWS) category. The plots were mostly given to locals in exchange for land and also bought by locals in many cases.

According to a resident, the cost of a 60 sq yard plot was between Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 lakh back in the late 90s. Between 2000 and 2008, many MNCs set up their offices in Gurugram, more than half of which were in DLF-3. The cost of these plots has touched Rs 1 crore now, and they are mostly bought for commercial activities, he said.

“The locals saw it as an opportunity and constructed PG accommodations and guesthouses in the hope of making quick money. Unfortunately for residents, this led to a spike in illegal and unauthorised construction in many places and today, a few blocks of DLF-3 seem like slums,” he said.

Nearly 1,750 structures in DLF-3 have violated building norms in the form of illegal construction or misuse of the building as commercial property, Puri said. “The DTCP action has revived hope. I wish it will continue till the menace is brought to an end,” he said.

Almost all the owners of the 60 sq yard plots in the colony, particularly in U block, have constructed buildings with up to six floors, in complete violation of norms. Most of the occupants are young professionals employed with firms in Cyber Hub, Golf Course Road and MG Road and find these accommodations affordable and close to their workplace.

Another resident told TOI that the illegal construction was destroying the civic infrastructure in the area, which has not been developed to cater to the needs of so many people. To meet the water demands of those living on illegal floors, plot owners have been exploiting the groundwater, he said.

“The electricity load per plot is over 12KV, which is not allowed as per the rules. In case of any natural calamity like an earthquake, these illegal multi-storey buildings will collapse and lead to major loss of life and property,” he added.

As per rules, only two-and-a-half-storey houses can be constructed with 60% ground coverage on any given plot. But in DLF-3, plot owners have constructed more than five- to seven-storey buildings with 100% ground coverage.

DLF technical head Sekhar Basu said the developer had been raising the issue with the concerned authorities for many years. “It is good that some action has been taken. We will keep following it up with the department,” he said.

District town planner RS Batth admitted that the buildings are not safe. “People need to understand that living in these structures is extremely unsafe,” he said.



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Haryana: 12 villages to finally get land ownership proof – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: For hundreds of villagers in Sohna’s Rani ka Singola village, who have been struggling to get bank loans to build houses on land they have no ownership proof of, Wednesday will mark a new chapter as the state government begins an exercise to end the century-old Lal Dora system in the district.

As part of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s Swamitva scheme, a 13-member team from Survey of India will tag residential properties in villages falling under Lal Dora using drone mapping to offer ownership to villagers who have occupied the land for decades, but have no mention in revenue records. Apart from Rani ka Singola, 11 other villages in Gurugram will also be covered.

Till now, under the Lal Dora system, ownership of the land depended on possession. The land would be sold on mutual consent of the buyer and the seller, as there would be no registration of the land in government records. As a result, the property owner was unable to get a loan from the banks. The system came into being in 1908 during the British rule. At that time, red lines were drawn on maps delineating village habitation from nearby agricultural land for revenue records. The system demarcated land used for residential purpose in villages, but there was no record of ownership and no revenue was collected.

Now, with the new initiative, the state government aims to not only resolve thousands of disputes related to possession and ownership of land, but also boost revenue generation for the state exchequer. The move will also help people in selling and purchasing land and get home loans.
Haryana: 12 villages to finally get land ownership proofOfficials said 13 districts in the state are being covered under the exercise at present. The government aims to cover the entire state by the end of this year. “This will lead to the creation of the most durable record of property holdings in these areas, which have no legacy revenue records,” said V Umashankar, additional principal secretary to the chief minister.

An official, who is part of the survey team, said, “It will be an unusual sight for villagers. From Wednesday, a team of officials will be flying a drone over their properties and marking borders with chuna (lime powder).”

Janardan, a resident of Sirsi village in Karnal where the survey was recently conducted, said he had always dreamed of building a house on his 290 sqm plot, but his biggest challenge was getting a bank loan. “I didn’t have any document to prove ownership as my property fell within Lal Dora. Banks refused loans. But now I have a ‘Property card’ as ownership proof,” he said.

Like Janardan, there are lakhs of villagers in about 6,700 villages of Haryana who will get relief. Sube Singh Bohra, former sarpanch of Wazirabad, said this will be a big reform as land will be registered in the name of the owner, bringing to an end to disputes on land possession and ownership. “It will also help to generate revenue for state government as people will have to get their land registered as per the norms,” he added.

Surveyor general of India Lt Gen Girish Kumar said 18 teams will mark properties with lime powder, then fly drones over them to get high-resolution images. These images will then be integrated with maps. “We realised that flying aircraft or taking satellite images will not give us the desired results, so using drones was the best way to recreate the entire terrain,” he said.

“We have completed the activity in nearly 600 villages in Haryana, and maps of 110 have been prepared. We plan to cover all 6,700 villages in the state by December,” Kumar added.

He said that the scheme aimed at providing an “integrated property validation solution” for villages. “Owners will get ‘record of rights’ which, in turn, will enable them to use their property as a financial asset for taking loans and other financial benefits from banks,” he said.



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IBM plans to reduce office space by nearly half in India – ET RealEstate

BENGALURU: IBM is planning to discontinue lease agreements at nearly half of its offices in major cities across the country, people familiar with the development told ET, as the US-based technology leader sees the work-from-home model becoming mainstream and a significant number of employees to continue working remotely.

IBM, which has a large presence in the domestic market, has more than 1 million square feet of leased office space across Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Noida, Gurugram and Kolkata. The company employs more than 100,000 people in the country and also has temporary workers through staffing firms.

“Maybe 25% of the people need to come to the office regularly. For others, it will be flexible, and their workspace will also be the same,” a source, who declined to be named citing company policies, said. The person did not specify a timeframe for ending the lease agreements.

IBM declined to comment.

A senior executive at the company, however, said it would take a “relook” at many lease agreements that are up for renewal, although it would not impact half of such contracts.

IBM plans to reduce office space by nearly half in India

As India imposed a lockdown late in March to stem the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, Indian IT firms shifted more than 4 million employees to work from home. Since then, the industry has been able to effectively deliver services to clients remotely and has ruled out a return to normal of all employees staffing offices.

Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest IT services firm, has in fact set a target of three-fourths of its employees working from home by 2025, with only a quarter of them occupying office space regularly.

Analysts suggested that IBM’s move was a clear case of cost reduction on multiple fronts.

“ There is a lot of pressure in terms of top line and bottom line for all IT Services companies, so at some stage, the need to reduce costs is critical. All companies are focusing on automation and there are a large number of employees working from home now,” said Sanchit Vir Gogia, chief executive of Greyhound Research.

IBM’s India business has slowed in the last few years.

In fiscal year 2019, IBM’s revenue declined by 2% to Rs 27,279 crore, while profits dropped by 12% to Rs 2,426 crore.

Abhishek Kiran Gupta, chief executive officer of real estate intelligence firm CRE Matrix, said, “For IBM to go back and renegotiate, two things need to happen — their ongoing leases must pass lock-in periods and the sub-registrar offices have to start functioning across the country. To my mind, that may start happening only in late Q3 of the calendar year.”

Gupta said new commercial leasing transactions will come with a fall in rentals.

“Tenants have an upper hand over individual landlords, not necessarily institutional landlords,” he said.

According to a report by CRE Matrix in May, India will see lease agreements worth Rs 6,860 crore for 77 million sq ft expiring in the next 12 months.



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