Gurugram: Unutilised land in new sectors to be identified & developed – ET RealEstate

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GURUGRAM: MCG is planning development across its unutilised land in new sectors and areas recently added to its jurisdiction. Officials said the commissioner has directed the corporation’s planning and revenue departments to first identify the civic body’s land coming under its jurisdiction, demarcate it, put ownership boards and then remove encroachments, if any.

“And once the process is complete, we will draft an area-wise plan to build public infrastructure on the land. This is the preliminary phase of the exercise,” a senior MCG official told TOI. “For example, if a new sector or village needs a community centre or a school, we will draft a plan to make this infrastructure on the MCG land available in that area. We can always look for ways to utilise the MCG land to augment our revenue generation,” he added.

The Haryana government, on December 29, notified expansion of MCG limits by bringing 16 villages under the civic body.

The revenue estates of Bajghera, Babupur, Mohammadheri, Dharampur, Daultabad, Kherki Majra, Dhankot, Palra, Ullawas, Nangli Umarpur, Behrampur, Dhumaspur, Bhondsi, Nayagaon, Kadarpur and Maidawas villages were merged with the MCG.

With the expansion of MCG’s limit, the fixed deposits of these villages, to the tune of Rs 181 crore, were also transferred to the civic body. Moreover, Rs 35.45 crore of stamp duty from 16 villages was collected in 2018-19 and Rs 41.32 crore was collected in the 2019-20 fiscal.

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Gurugram civic body starts survey to track business units in residential areas – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: MCG has started a fresh survey to identify commercial establishments running illegally in residential areas. Officials said these establishments are not adding to the revenue of the civic body since it cannot issue trade licences to commercial units set up in residential areas according to the law.

After collating the data of such establishments, MCG will decide on the further course of action for these illegal establishments set up in residential areas. For example, Basai road, Khandsa road and Pataudi road are residential areas in MCG records but several shops have been established there over time.

Pradeep Ahlawat, joint commissioner-1, said, “There are several areas in my zone that are commercial but are recorded as residential areas in the city. My team has been working on this survey since last Friday and it will be completed by the weekend. The survey will collect information such as owners, type of business they are doing, whether they have taken a trade licence or not.”

On the reason to undertake this survey, the joint commissioner said, “This would be beneficial to us in two ways — one is that we will get to know the amount of trade licence fees that MCG could earn annually but is not earning currently. Another benefit is that this would also help generate data on the number of commercial establishments in the zone and the type of business they are doing and other details.”

Officials said that as per rough estimates, there are around 1,000 shops in zone-1 and MCG can generate a revenue of around Rs 1 crore annually if these alone get their trade licences. The zone currently is getting trade licence fees mainly from commercial units in Sector10 and 10A.

MCG had estimated to generate a revenue of around Rs 15 crore from trade licence fees in the 2020-21 fiscal. However, the civic body could generate only 55% of the projected revenue out of trade licences. The civic body is estimated to generate Rs 12 crore from trade licence fees in the 2021-22 financial year.

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Gurugram civic body to take action against illegal commercial units – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: The MCG commissioner has directed the joint commissioners to send notices to owners of commercial properties operating without a trade licence in the city. According to property tax records, there are 66,000 commercial units in the city. But a majority of them don’t have a trade licence, officials said.

“The commercial units in the city operating without a trade licence should be issued a notice. These units should first obtain a trade licence as per the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act,” MCG chief Mukesh Kumar Ahuja said at a meeting that he chaired on Tuesday.

In the 2020-21 financial year, the MCG had estimated to generate a revenue of around Rs 15 crore from trade licence fees. However, the civic body could generate only 55% of the projected revenue out of trade licence fees. In the current fiscal, the MCG has projected to generate Rs 12 crore from trade licence fees.

“It was also discussed at the meeting that since a majority of commercial properties in the city are running without a trade licence, if they apply for the same, it would help the civic body generate some revenue,” said an MCG official, who attended the meeting.

Other issues discussed at the meeting included enforcement matters like illegal encroachment and unauthorised constructions, sanitation, marriage registrations and flood preparedness ahead of monsoon. The commissioner also gave directions to the joint commissioners to identify land in each zone to set up material recovery facilities (MRF). He said that the secondary points or stations for garbage collection and disposal should be gradually done away with and these should be replaced with MRF.

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Gurugram development body to construct new roads for 20 sectors by July – ET RealEstate

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GURUGRAM: In a major relief to residents of New Gurgaon, the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) is constructing sector-dividing roads in 20 sectors. A budget of Rs 99 crore has been allocated to build approximately 16km of roads in these sectors by July this year.

A senior GMDA official told TOI that work has already started and is more than 50% complete at some places. “The roads dividing sectors 71/73 and 72/72A are already being built and 65% of the work has been completed,” said the official. He added that they hope to finish this section by May-end.

Similarly, work on the sector 68/69 dividing road is almost 75% complete and is likely to be completed within this month. “The road dividing sectors 73/74 is almost 65% complete and we hope it will be ready by June as well,” said the official.

Work on other roads under the project, however, is less than 50% complete. For instance, work in sectors 77, 78/79A and 78/79 is only 27% complete so far. Once completed, the roads will improve connectivity between these sectors. Work on the roads dividing sectors 88B/89B and 88A/89A is only 25% done and officials are hoping to complete work by June. “The road dividing sectors 73/74 is almost 65% complete and we hope this will be ready by June as well,” said the official.

The construction of these roads will benefit more than 50,000 commuters in New Gurgaon. “The lack of sector roads was causing huge inconvenience for residents. Once the work is completed, it will be easier for them to commute,” the official added.

Along with roads, the GMDA also plans to build stormwater and sewage drains. The supply of piped water in some of these sectors is pending as roads have not been laid yet in these areas. Without roads, GMDA has not been able to lay down pipelines either.

The absence of proper roads in new sectors has long been a cause of inconvenience for the residents. Even as GMDA is now taking up the responsibility of sector roads, internal roads remain unattended as there is no single authority responsible for their development and maintenance in these areas.

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