Haryana government to develop residential colonies for poor in rural areas – ET RealEstate

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana government will develop residential colonies for the poor and middle class in rural areas of the state, an official statement said here on Tuesday. The Haryana Rural Development Authority will initially develop a model colony at village Israna in Panipat district, the statement said.

A meeting of the authority was held here on Tuesday under the Chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala.

After the meeting, Chautala, who also holds the portfolio of Development and Panchayat Department, said the state government is planning to develop colonies on Panchayati land to prevent migration of people from rural areas to the cities.

With this, the middle class and poor people of the village will be able to get housing and other facilities in their village in a planned manner at affordable rates at par with cities, he said.

While the plan for these colonies will be prepared by the Department of Town and Country Planning, the basic infrastructure will be prepared by the Haryana Rural Development Authority.

About the model colony in Panipat, Chautala said 60 per cent of the houses there will be given to the residents of Israna while 40 per cent will be allotted through open bidding.

He informed that a proposal to this effect has been passed by the Gram Panchayat and sent to the state government.

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With Gurugram civic area to grow, second corporation to be set up in Manesar by 2021 – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: The municipal area of Gurugram will see a quantum jump by early 2021 with the establishment of a second civic corporation in Manesar, which CM Manohar Lal Khattar announced on Wednesday.

Khattar also said the Haryana government would begin work to develop a new city in the Gurugram region – part of the Panchgram plan announced earlier, of developing five new urban areas in Gurugram’s influence zone – though he did not specify its location or spell out a timeframe.

The CM made these announcements while inaugurating the ‘Gateway of Gurugram’ eagle-owl installation on MG Road, part of an exercise to beautify the city as well as give it a branding motif.

Senior officials in the government said work to set up a new municipal corporation in Manesar will begin in the next 15 days. Manesar, though one of India’s largest automobile manufacturing hubs, is still primarily a panchayat area.

As Gurugram’s urban limits have expanded over the years, several residential areas have come up outside the city’s civic area and overlap with the panchayat areas of Manesar.

This is an anomaly that needs to be corrected because residents of these areas don’t enjoy the same civic amenities as those in Gurugram’s municipal areas do.

While working to set up the new corporation, the government is also likely to bring more areas under the existing civic body, MCG. The Municipal Corporation of Manesar (MCM), as the new civic body is likely to be called, will be formed before the panchayat elections that are due in February 2021, the officials said.
With Gurugram civic area to grow, second corporation to be set up in Manesar by 2021Talking to TOI, a senior government official said, “There will be an increase in the area of Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and there will also be a new MCM. Which areas of the city fall under which corporation will be taken on certain principles such as contiguity, access, reach of infrastructure and services. The MCM will be in place certainly by early next year.”

The official added, “The area is already urbanised and part of the gram sabha of several villages where so many residential societies have come up. These will be elevated to either MCG or MCM. With the formation of MCM, this area will automatically become a new city. Manesar as a city will include Manesar village and other villages around it, certainly parts of IMT Manesar (where the auto hub is located) as well.” Discussions are expected to revolve around which new sectors, Sector 80 onwards, would be included in MCM and which ones in MCG. “This will be done in the next 15 days. After this, the process of inviting objections and notifying the area limits will commence,” the official said.

Asked about the other aspect of the CM’s announcement – a “new Gurugram city” as Khattar put it – senior officials said it would be one of the five cities in the Panchgram project originally planned along the newly developed Kundli Manesar Palwal (KMP) expressway. “The idea is that instead of developing five cities, we will develop one city and then go for the other four,” a senior official told TOI. “It has a different timeline altogether (from the MCM) but is certainly on the anvil. Laws will have to be passed before the new city’s limits are defined. The question now is whether it should be developed along KMP or near Faridabad because it (Faridabad) gets contiguity with the new airport coming up at Jewar (in Greater Noida),” the official added.

MCG commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh said the boundaries of the new Manesar corporation are being worked out and a proposal will soon be sent to the state government.

“The proposal will be sent after Diwali. The decision has been made to form a new municipal corporation in Manesar comprising villages that have been urbanised in that area. This decision is for the betterment and development of new sectors beyond Kherki Daula. The area between the KMP and Northern Peripheral Road Dwarka Expressway is strategically very important since it is a mix of residential, commercial and industrial and a large part of the national highway also bisects it, making it a major urban centre,” he said. MCG had recently sent a proposal to include 39 villages within the corporation’s area. Sources said around 19 villages will be added to MCG and the remaining villages will be made a part of MCM. Decisions on the jurisdiction of the villages are being taken based on their geographical proximity to the corporation

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Eleven villages in Gurugram district become Lal Dora-free – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Eleven villages in Gurugram district of Haryana have been declared ‘Lal Dora-free’ as a Survey of India team has completed its survey there, officials said on Friday.

In the second round, a survey and mapping of 49 villages in Sohna Tehsil has been started under a pilot project on land ownership plan in Gurugram district through drones.

Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri gave this information during a videoconference from Chandigarh headquarters to review the drone survey work done to make district villages Lal Dora-free.

“Eleven villages in Sohna Tehsil were taken up under the pilot project to make villages in Gurugram district Lal Dora-free, after completion of drone mapping etc. The people have also been given documents related to ownership of their properties,” Khatri said.

During the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal said that District Development and Panchayat Officers have been appointed nodal officers for this task.

To accelerate this work, separate officers will be appointed for survey and mapping work in all tehsil areas after proper training.

Sudhir Rajpal, Principal Secretary, Development and Panchayat Department, asked all Deputy Commissioners to ensure rapid mapping through drone surveys in a phased manner to make villages Lal Dora-free.

According to the Lal Dora system, land ownership depends on mutual consent between the buyers and the sellers. There is no record of land or its ownership in government records under such system, due to which landowners are unable to raise loans.

The system was started in 1908 during the British rule, wherein red lines used to be drawn on maps to mark the boundaries of non-agricultural and agricultural land for the purpose of revenue records.

“Once the villages become Lal Dora-free, people living in such areas will be able to get registries of their houses done and become legal owners of properties on record. They will be able to sell their houses and those purchasing them will also have to get registries done. Owners will also be able to avail of loans against their land,” a spokesperson for the district administration explained.

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Failing to pay property tax by Oct 31 may land Gurugram owners in trouble – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Property owners in Gurugram can lose their water and sewage connections if they fail to clear their property tax dues by October 31, officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) said on Wednesday.

According to the MCG officials, as per the notification issued by the Haryana government, only three days are left to avail the benefit of exemption in the payment of property tax issued by the MCG.

According to the notification, the government is giving an interest waiver and 25 per cent rebate to those paying their entire property tax dues by October 31.

“We have given a last opportunity to the property owners to pay their dues within the next three days. If they still do not pay their property tax, the process of cutting their sewer and drinking water connections will be initiated by the civic authority from November 1,” MCG Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh said.

“A special drive to seal commercial buildings will be carried out and the process of auction can also be adopted by sealing the building,” he added.

As per the government notification, property owners who deposit their entire outstanding property tax by October 31 will be given a 25 per cent exemption on property tax from 2010-11 to 2016-17.

“Property owners who have deposited their property tax in the last three years till October 31, will be given an additional 10 per cent rebate along with the regular 10 per cent rebate. Those paying by auto debit mode will get the benefit of an additional 5 per cent discount,” an MCG official said.

Charitable educational institutions, charitable hospitals and special schools for children, which charge the same fees as government schools and hospitals, are given a 100 per cent exemption.

The officials further informed that the civic body has also started an incentive scheme for all the resident welfare associations (RWAs) of the city. Municipal corporations will give an incentive amount of Rs 5 lakh to the RWAs which submit property tax of more than 80 per cent.

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