Gurugram: DLF seeks strict action against 23 residential properties for violating norms – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: The developer of DLF-1 has sought strict action against 23 residential properties where illegal commercial activities are allegedly being carried out in violation of the norms.

DLF, the developer, has written to the enforcement wing of the district town planner (DTP) to initiate strict action against properties running activities like restaurants, eateries, shops and offices on residential plots in violation of their building plans.

Residents of the licensed colony have filed several complaints with the developer and the department of town and country planning (DTCP) over the issue.

After carrying out a survey in the area, the developer has now identified 23 such properties and shared the list with several authorities, including DTCP, Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority and Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon for action. “Not just the developer, residents too have filed several complaints with DTCP, CM Window and other authorities concerned, but not much action has been taken against the violators. The department has only served notices in some cases,” said Arvind Kumar, a resident.

Workshops, grocery, fruit and vegetable stores and restaurants and dhabas are operating from some residential plots as well as vacant government land in the colony without permission from the department concerned, residents said. They also alleged that these activities have resulted in illegal parking and other civic issues in the area.

According to the norms, no commercial activities, barring a few, can be operated from residential buildings. DTP (enforcement) RS Batth said there are a few activities which fall under non-nuisance category, for which the property owners can seek permission from the department.

Before the lockdown, DLF had written to DTCP about 16 buildings in DLF-3 where unauthorised construction had been carried out in violation of the norms.

In the complaint, DLF had also alleged that these residential buildings were running commercial activities and had procured sewer and water connections in an illegal manner.



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Over 80 illegal structures razed, 20-acre government land cleared in Gurugram – ET RealEstate

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GURUGRAM: More than 80 illegal structures, including 14 shops along Dwarka Expressway between Sector 106 and Sector 109, were razed by the enforcement wing of Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) on Thursday.

“During the drive, three illegal colonies were demolished, and around 20 acres of land was cleared by razing more than 60 structures in presence of 60 policemen,” district town planner RS Batth said.

The officials have found that the encroachers were also collecting rent by erecting kiosks and shanties on the government land.

Batth directed the staff to lodge FIR against these people with immediate effect.

With the help of three earthmovers, in the presence of 80 policemen, the enforcement team razed one building, seven shops, two under-construction shops, one scrap dealer’s shop, two nurseries and seven shops on the greenbelts. The land was originally acquired by Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) but is currently under GMDA. The shop owners had no permission from any of the departments.

Batth, who is currently heading the enforcement teams of four key departments —town and country planning department, GMDA, municipal corporations of Gurgaon (MCG) and Manesar (MCM), said that the state government is focusing on reclaiming its land by clearing encroachments and illegal colonies which have come up on the open spaces over the period of time.

The state government has recently launched a portal and sought details about the status of civic amenities within the unauthorised colonies across the city.



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Two illegal colonies razed in Manesar, 10 acres of prime land freed – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: The enforcement team of the department of town and country planning (DTCP) razed two illegal colonies spread on 10 acres of prime land in Bhangrola village of Manesar on Monday.

During the demolition drive, three under-construction houses, two warehouses, 10 other structures and a borewell were razed by the enforcement team. The team also demolished boundary walls to prevent redevelopment of the colonies.

District town planner (enforcement) RS Batth said the drive will be carried out for two weeks. “During the drive, around 12 illegal colonies identified by the department will be razed,” he said.

Assistant town planner Ashish Sharma said the department is keeping a strict check on mushrooming of illegal colonies in Gurgaon. On the directions of DTCP director KM Pandurang, the enforcement team will monitor several areas to prevent illegal colonies from coming up or expansion of old colonies without mandatory permission from the department concerned, he said.

The enforcement team also demolished a road network with the help of earthmovers. Sharma said DTCP will write to the police commissioner, asking him to register an FIR against such developers who have duped several homebuyers of their money by selling illegal plots.

According to Section 7A of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act 1975, a no-objection certificate has to be obtained from the enforcement wing of DTCP to register a plot with a size of less than two kanals to ensure that the land is not divided to create smaller plots for developing unauthorised colonies.

But violations have been committed across many villages in Gurgaon, and hundreds of illegal colonies have mushroomed in the last few years.

Meanwhile, an unauthorised shop in front of Regal Garden in Sector 82 was demolished after complaints by residents. A gate illegally erected on a 24-metre-wide sector road by a developer in Sector 83 was also removed.



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Gurugram: Twenty bouncers in tow, OSB Group tells buyers project delayed – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: After repeated requests of meeting, two representatives sent by the builder of OSB Expressway Towers, an affordable housing project in Sector 109, met a group of aggrieved homebuyers in the presence of 20 bouncers on Sunday.

According to the buyers, since its launch in 2016, only 50% of the work has been completed. The units were supposed to be ready by May this year and then the deadline was extended to November 2021. But on Sunday, the buyers were told that the deadline has been extended to June 2022.

On Sunday, developer’s representatives Arun Yadav and Sanjeev Kumar met about 150 buyers at the project site. Asked about the deadline, the officials said it is June 2022, as per government norms. They, however, did not comment on the delay or why bouncers were present on Sunday.

Pankaj Kumar, who had booked a flat in May 2017, said: “It’s been almost four years but hardly 40-50% work is done. The developer has taken 90-100% payment from all buyers. We are paying rent as well as instalments for our home loans.”

Launched in October 2016, the project on 7.5 acres has over 1,000 units, each in the range of Rs 14 to 26 lakh. The developer, Ocean Seven Buildtech (OSB) Group, had initially promised possession in May 2021. But the construction was stopped around 18 months back.

The buyers have alleged that the builder has restricted their entry and told them to visit the site only on Saturdays and Sundays after getting prior approval.

“In August last year, they promised us that the work will resume in September. Then they said it will start after Diwali. Last month we were told the work will restart in March itself. But that has not happened,” Kumar said.

The homebuyers said they have complained on several platforms, including the CM window. But no action has been taken.

Homebuyer Mahipal Singh said: “Several complaints have been made on the CM window and also with H-Rera. But there has been no positive development.”

A group of buyers has now written to Badshapur MLA Rakesh Daultabad requesting him to take up the matter with the department of town and country planning and initiate action against the developer.

Shreya Sachan, who has also booked a flat, said: “We are suffering because of the delay and paying both rent and loan money for months now.”



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