After 16 years, 550 allottees to get plots in Sector 57, Gurugram – ET RealEstate

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GURUGRAM: After a 16-year wait, there’s finally some good news for the 550 land allottees of Sector 57.

The Punjab and Haryana HC has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the acquisition of land by HSVP (erstwhile Huda) for the development of the sector, thus paving the way for the handover of the plots to the allottees.

The story dates back to 2000, when then Huda had acquired some 67 acres of land to develop Sector 57 along the Golf Course Extension Road and allotted plots through a draw of lots four years later. Of the 67 acres, around 53 acres were acquired from Saraswati Kunj Cooperative Society that was set up in the 1990s.

The society had first challenged the acquisition in 2002, which was dismissed in October 2013 by the Punjab and Haryana HC. A review petition filed in 2014 was also dismissed by the HC in the same year.

In 2015 again, the society had again approached the court for quashing of the acquisition on the ground that even after over five years, neither the allottees of Sector 57 plots were given possession nor compensation paid to the land owners as per the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

However, a division bench of justices Rakesh Kumar Jain and Ashok Kumar Verma dismissed the petition by the Saraswati Kunj Cooperative Society, taking into consideration a Supreme Court order in a land acquisition case. “The present writ petition is hereby dismissed being denuded of any merit,” the high court said on August 21.

In fact, during the hearings, Lokesh Sinhal, HSVP’s advocate, told the court that the society’s arguments stand invalid in the wake of the Supreme Court’s March judgment in a case between Indore Development Authority and some land owners. The SC had then ruled that land acquisitions could not lapse due to a land owner’s refusal to accept compensation within five years.

The HSVP lawyer had further argued that the compensation of the acquired land has already been deposited in the office of the land acquisition officer. He also cited SC’s observations in the Indore case that once land acquisition is unsuccessfully challenged.

Over the year the sector along the Golf Course Road has turned into one of the most sought after locations in the city and the price of the plots sold for few lakhs now has market value in crores.

HSVP officials said that they’re soon going to start a survey of the area to initiate the process of giving possession of the plots to the allottees. “We have deputed our junior engineers to give physical possession of the plot to the allottees. Some 550 plot holders will soon get possession,” said estate officer-2 of HSVP (Gurgaon) Vivek Kalia said.

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Panchkula residents complain of inflated property tax & poor civic amenities – ET RealEstate

PANCHKULA: The residents of Sector 20 have complained to the municipal commissioner that they have inflated property tax bills on top of poor civic amenities.

Sector 20 resident welfare association (RWA) president K K Jindal said: “The Panchkula MC has miscalculated our property tax and served a notice to even those who have made the payment. First it fails to maintain its books and then it tries to hide its mistake. Then it has the gall to even ask us for interest.”

The RWA alleges that at the time of buying houses, its members give property tax and all required fee to the MC and Huda (Haryana Urban Development Authority) but never get the multiple promised facilities.

They said the MC had no right to demand property tax for the period before these neglected sectors were transferred to it from HUDA.

Behind this anger is the frustration of being denied basic amenities. Jindal said the laying of sewerage alone was pending for 25 years, while the house buyers had to bear the foul smell of the dumping ground, besides the charges for installing electricity transformers.

People have requested the MC commissioner to wirthdary the tax notice to collect this levy from the date they shifted to the MC from Huda. Jindal said: “We ask for basic facilities that the authorities have denied us for long. They should take our pain seriously.”

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