Four condominiums in Gurugram may face blackout – ET RealEstate

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GURUGRAM: Four condominiums in Gurgaon and two in Faridabad are likely to face outages from Tuesday, when the sanction to use diesel generator (DG) sets from the now-defunct EPCA lapses.

The Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), put in place by the SC-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority to tackle air pollution during winter, had kicked in from October 15. However, a total of 19 housing societies that were reliant on gensets for electricity had been granted exemption till November 30 from the ban on them.

While 13 builders have got electricity connections, six societies — Mahendra Homes DSS 4, Siddharta NCR ONE in Sector 95, SS Group in Sector 84 and DLF The Crest in Sector 54 of Gurgaon; and RPS Savana and Kunjeans Height in Faridabad Sector 88 — have failed to complete the process. However, they may get connections in the next two days.

According to the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), while DLF Crest has completed 90% of the feeder work, the other three Gurgaon societies, as well as the two in Faridabad, are yet to submit bank guarantees. Officials expect the builders to provide these by Tuesday or Wednesday.

“Nine societies in Gurgaon have completed the pending infrastructure work. Two of these, IREO Skyon in Sector 60 and IREO Victory Valley in Sector 67, have submitted an affidavit requesting an increase in load and saying they will not use DG sets from now on. The other seven societies have been given fresh connections. In Faridabad, two societies have been given fresh connections while the other two have some pending work,” said a DHBVN official.

Chief engineer K C Aggarwal said, “We have given fresh connections to all those builders who have fulfilled the requirements. The remaining ones will be given connections once they complete the pending infrastructure work and submit the required documents.”

Meanwhile, the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) said a report will be sought from DHBVN on how many of the societies that had sought exemption took new power connections. The builders’ claims that they have stopped using diesel gensets will be verified too. If found false, action will be taken, an official said.

While additional chief secretary (power) T C Gupta could not be contacted, DHBVN managing director Balkar Singh, who has recently taken charge, said he said he will look into the matter.

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Gurugram: Farmhouses get notices, but no government action yet – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: No action has been taken against 195 farmhouses in Raisina hills of Aravalis, even though the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) sent demolition notices to them two months ago, giving a three-day period to respond to it.

The authorities were supposed to remove illegal structures after the notice was issued. Meanwhile, illegal construction work is being carried out in the area.

According to the regional office of HSPCB, it is waiting for orders from Chandigarh before going ahead with any action.

“We are still waiting for the order,” said an official of HSPCB. The land falls under ‘gair mumkin pahar’ category. According to the Union environment ministry’s Aravali notification, ‘gair mumkin pahar’ is protected land where construction of buildings, roads, electrification and cutting of trees are not allowed.

The committee, which was formed in July 2019, was supposed to be set up in October 2018 to identify the status of land. Its report in June had pointed out violations by 195 farmhouses. After that, the notices were served to the farm houses.

TOI had reported on July 17 that construction at two sites in the Aravalli Rretreat was carried out after removing vegetation on the land. Trees have also been felled to widen a pathway.

This started when NGT in 2003 took notice of TOI article on Aravalis of Gurgaon and Faridabad. The tribunal had taken it as a suo motu case, and then it was turned into Sonya Ghosh Vs. State of Haryana in the same year. The judgment came in 2018 in the case. As per the order, it was stated that “construction on forest land or area covered by Aravali Notification is illegal, and such forest land has to be restored. In view of the above, any construction raised on the forest area or the area otherwise covered by Notification dated 07.05.1992 without permission of the competent authority (after the date of the said Notification) has to be treated as illegal and such forest land has to be restored…”

Environmentalists pointed out that the action in this case has been delayed. “A district-level committee was supposed to be set up after the NGT issued an order in October 2018 for restoring the forest cover, but it took more than eight months to form the panel and still construction is under way in the area. No demolition drive has been carried out in the area so far,” said Vivek Kamboj, an environmentalist.

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