Gurugram: DLF-3 residents to keep eye on illegal structures – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: In a first in the city, the residents of DLF-3 have formed a committee to keep a check on unauthorised construction on plots earmarked for houses in the economically weaker section (EWS) category within the licensed colony. The committee will also prepare a database of all EWS plots, ownership details and violations noticed.

The move came after 150 properties on smaller EWS plots, measuring 60 to 120 sq yards, were recently sealed by the department of town and country planning (DTCP) for unauthorised construction and illegal commercial activities.

Residents have been complaining that a few blocks of DLF-3 have become “unliveable” because of the mushrooming of illegal paying guest accommodations and guesthouses, particularly in the EWS plots of 60 and 120 square yards. This, according to them, has caused chaos in the area by adversely affecting resources such as electricity, water supply and other civic amenities.

DTCP officials had spotted, during inspection visits, that plot owners have violated the norms by 100% ground coverage, constructing 6-7 storey buildings and combining two or more plots to use the premises for commercial establishments like offices, grocery shops and restaurants.

During a meeting with district town planner (enforcement) RS Batth on Thursday, the residents agreed to remove encroachments immediately and demolish extra floors constructed in violation of the norms. “The residents will submit an action-taken report on the corrective measures taken by them to the district town planner’s office within 15 days. During this period, the enforcement team will conduct surprise inspection visits and verify whether the residents are removing unauthorised construction or not,” he said.

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Gurugram: DLF told to cut water, sewage supply to illegal buildings in Phase-5 – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Putting the onus of illegal construction on the developer, the department of town and country planning (DTCP) has directed DLF to disconnect illegal water and sewage connections. The developer was also directed to coordinate with the electricity department to disconnect the power connections.

The illegal construction of multi-storey buildings on small plots allotted under economically weaker section (EWS) category has emerged as a major concern in DLF areas along Golf Course Road.

Earlier, the DLF had submitted a detailed list of EWS plots in Phase-5 wherein illegal construction were carried out by the plot owner requesting the department to take appropriate action.

Despite repeated repeated attempts by TOI, DLF officials couldn’t be reached for a comment.

The DLF Phase-5, spread over 542.85 acres, has around 252 EWS plots. As per the norm, a maximum of four-storey can be constructed on these plots with the setback area of around 2 metres. But most of the plot owners are carrying construction with maximum ground coverage leaving no setback area.

Around 36 EWS plot rear boundary is common with one of the sides of the commercial site. The owner of such plots, however, while construction had violated the clause regarding the setbacks and no setbacks has been provided.

After issuing notice to DLF for disconnecting water and sewerage connection to illegally constructed buildings, DTP (enforcement) RS Batth on Friday visited Block-C of DLF Phase-5 and sealed three houses which were being constructed in violation of the building bye laws. The maintenance team of the DLF was also directed to cut the sewerage and water connection. “It was found that more than 100 plots were being constructed in violation of the bye laws, the DTCP (enforcement) office will carry out drives in coming to curb illegal construction in Phase-V,” said Batth.

Batth said strict action needs to be taken at the initial state of construction in the DLF Phase-5 to prevent it from becoming DLF Phase-3. “Water and sewerage connections are provided by the developer and they are responsible to stop providing these services to buildings with illegal construction,” he said.

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Rein in illegal construction in Gurugram’s Sector 53: Parsvnath Exotica residents – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Residents of Parsvnath Exotica in Sector 53 have raised concerns over rampant illegal constructions taking place in their neighbourhood for over two years now. They claim their repeated complaints to authorities, including MCG, the department of town and country planning (DTCP), the Gurugram police and on the CM window, have fallen on deaf ears.

The residents allege that their safety is being compromised due to these illegal structures. “It started with a couple of unauthorised structures, but soon swelled to scores due to the negligent attitude of the authorities concerned. Despite being alerted, the authorities are yet to act,” Nalin Sood, a resident of the society, said.

The residents had first approached MCG and DTCP. But after getting no proper response from both the government bodies, they filed a complaint on the CM window in June 2018. “However, the complaint was subsequently disposed of without any consent from the complainants. Another complaint was registered on the CM window in September 2019, but it still remains unresolved,” Sood said.

The residents say the area is frequented by unruly elements and many illegal activities also take place in the area. Unhygienic conditions in the clusters have compounded the problem.

Sabina Tanwar, another resident of the society, said, “This is the entrance point that connects the towers D4, D5 and D6 to the main complex of the society and because of these illegal structures and commercial activities in the vicinity, we are often subjected to unruly behaviour. Illegal borewells have been dug in the area and dumping of construction and demolition waste is also common. So far, the authorities have turned a blind eye.”

When contacted, RS Batth, DTP (enforcement), said, “We are aware about the matter and have already visited the site. We will take necessary action in the coming weeks.”

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Gurugram: Illegal construction rampant, residents of DLF-2 and 3 go to DTCP – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Residents of DLF-2 and 3 have approached the department of town and country planning (DTCP) seeking action against rampant illegal construction going on in the area by some plot owners in violation of the building norms.

Sudhir Wahi, a resident of DLF-2, said unauthorised construction being carried out by one of his neighbours, Parveen Gupta, caused damage to his house. DTCP has already recommended the registration of an FIR against Gupta for violating the building norms and causing injuries to another neighbour.

“The force exerted by the commercial digging machines that were used by my neighbour has damaged my underground water tank. The tank has now become unusable as water leaks from it, resulting in seepage in connecting walls,” Wahi said. He added that the beams on Gupta’s ground floor are projecting beyond his boundary and resulted in cracks in Wahi’s wall.

DTCP filed a police complaint and recommended an FIR against Gupta, his architect and structural engineer for violating building norms three days ago after the parapet wall on the terrace of Gupta’s building fell on an adjacent house in September last year, due to which a neighbour sustained injuries.

As per the complaint filed by the department, the parapet wall on the building’s terrace, which was supposed to have a thickness of 9 inches, was only four-inch thick and failed structurally.

During the course of its investigation, the DTCP found that Gupta had procured approval of the building plan through the self-certification scheme. Under this, the owner, along with the architect and the structural engineer, is responsible for carrying out and supervising construction as per norms, and also for ensuring safety.

Wahi said, “While I will follow the process in court, I have written to DTCP and DLF to get the construction stopped immediately at Gupta’s premises. If not stopped, the illegal construction may lead to my house collapsing. Gupta should also be directed to get the damages to my property rectified urgently at his cost,” he said.

Tej Singh Yadav, a resident of DLF-3 has also submitted a complaint to DTCP alleging threats by neighbours. “My parents, who are elderly and have heart disease, are being harassed by some neighbours after they objected to unauthorised construction in the latter’s buildings. One of the neighbours is carrying out unauthorised construction, which is blocking the staircase and poses a risk to the structural integrity of the 30-year-old building in which we live,” said Mili, Yadav’s daughter.

The department has been flooded with many such similar complaints in the two DLF colonies, where unauthorised construction has damaged adjoining buildings or posed threats to the buildings’ structures.

When contacted, district town planner RS Batth said: “We have taken action against such buildings and property owners in DLF areas. I will personally visit the sites and initiate strict action against unauthorised construction. In case of serious violations, the department will file police complaints against the property owners.”

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