Gurugram civic body seeks ‘shortest possible’ infra deadline for DLF-1, 2 and 3 – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Under pressure to take over DLF-1, 2 and 3 without further delay, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has directed the developer to submit a letter of commitment giving “the shortest possible deadline” for completing pending infrastructure work in the three licensed colonies.

MCG chief Vinay Pratap Singh has also constituted a committee comprising the chief engineer, joint commissioner and ward councillors to inspect the development work being done by DLF, the developer, before takeover. The officials will also examine and analyse the original detailed project report (DPR) and submit a report on augmenting the infrastructure to MCG within 15 days.

Singh will review the status of development work in a meeting scheduled on February 10. Keeping in view the inconvenience faced by residents due to delay in completion of pending infrastructure work, Singh said the civic body may carry out additional development work which are not covered in the DPR for takeover. MCG is likely to carry out cleaning of roads and drains, installation of gym canopies in parks, sewage treatment plants and composting plants, trimming of trees and laying of tiles in common areas.

In February 2019, the state government had ordered the department of town and country planning to transfer the maintenance and upkeep of services, including roads, open spaces, public parks and public health services, of DLF-1, 2 and 3, Palam Vihar, Sushant Lok-l, South City-1 and 2 and Suncity to MCG.

As per the order, DLF-1, 2 and 3 were to be taken over by the civic body after verification of the pending infrastructure work completed by the developer. The three colonies have yet not been taken over as the developer hasn’t completed the pending work yet. This has also hindered the undertaking of development and improvement work in these colonies proposed by the councillors of ward 34 and 35.

Councillor of ward 34 RS Rathee said the development work is being carried out by DLF as per the revised DPR, whereas the consultant had originally prepared the DPR not only for carrying out special repairs of the existing roads, public parks, open spaces, street lighting and public health services, but also for the additional infrastructure required as per the present-day requirement. “The original DPR cost was Rs 192.9 crore, which was later revised by the government to Rs 35.4 crore,” he said. He said a survey of such work, including work in parks and green belts, should be carried out in consultation with the ward councillors concerned for preparation of DPR. “These works should be executed by the civic body even before formal taking over of these colonies,” he said.

Kusum Yadav, councillor of ward 35, said the claims of DLF that 60% of the roads in DLF-3 have been recarpeted are not true. “Hardly 20% of the roads in the colony have been recarpeted till date. Further, there is an acute shortage of water supply in V-Block. An underground tank should be constructed by MCG before summer to meet the water requirement,” she said.

A DLF representative who attended the review meeting held on January 6 had informed the civic body that the speed of work slowed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the developer is committed to complete the work at the earliest possible. She said DTCP had granted partial completion certificates on the basis of completion of internal development work in accordance with the approved service plan estimates.



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Gurugram: First registry delay, then 2% stamp duty hike, buyers suffer twin blows – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Shashank Singh, an IT professional who bought a flat in Godrej Aria in Sector 79 in August last year, could not get his property registered in his name due to some glitches in the registry software.

He had even purchased stamp paper and was eagerly awaiting for the registration process, halted by the government, to restart. After waiting for over five months, registries finally resumed at Manesar tehsil on December 24.

“When I went to the tehsil, I was shocked to find that the stamp duty had been increased by 2%. I was asked by Manesar tehsil officials to pay around Rs 2 lakh more for the registry of my flat,” said Singh.

Like Singh, thousands of property owners in new Gurugram, which is now partly under the newly-formed Municipal Corporation of Manesar (MCM) and the recently-enlarged Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), will now have to shell out 2% more of the property cost for registration of their properties.

Devendra Kumar, who too bought property in Manesar last year, said registries stopped due to corruption in the revenue department and it took the state government around six months to rectify the system. “Why should homebuyers, who have been waiting all this time, pay an additional fee?” he asked.

Another resident said the state government should offer a -month window to property owners who had purchased stamp papers for registry before MCM was formed.
Gurugram: First registry delay, then 2% stamp duty hike, buyers suffer twin blowsMCM district revenue officer Hariom Atri said, “We have already implemented additional stamp duty of 2% in the new areas added under MCG as well as MCM. Homebuyers buying properties in these villages were paying 5% as stamp duty. Now, they will have to pay 7% as stamp duty. The revenue generated from stamp duty will be used for the development of these villages.”

Pataudi MLA Satya Prakash Jrawta has sought relaxation for owners. In a meeting held with villagers and residents of areas under MCM and newly-added areas of MCG limits on Sunday, he said, “These property owners who had applied for a registry before the state government issued notifications demarcating new limits but could not get it done due to technical glitches.”

He also said that he had received representations from such people and will forward them to the state government. “We will request the higher state authorities to look into the matter,” said the MLA.

A total of Rs 63.5 crore was collected as stamp duty from the 29 villages in Manesar that now constitute MCM in 2018-19, and Rs 43.8 crore in 2019-20. Meanwhile, Rs 35.5 crore was collected from 16 villages now under MCG in 2018-19, whereas Rs 41.3 crore was collected in 2019-20.



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Gurugram: Vatika India Next residents continues to live with blurred lines of accountability – ET RealEstate

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GURUGRAM: A peculiar fallout of the creation of a second civic body in the city is being witnessed at Vatika India Next, a 700-acre township spread across sectors 81-85, which finds its precinct split between the municipal corporations of Gurugram and Manesar.

The jurisdictional quirk is not new to its residents, who have been voting in two different assembly constituencies — Badshapur and Pataudi — and have five sectors in the address line. But instead of a practical resolution to this oddity, there is dismay that the split jurisdiction will become a permanent one with the new civic mapping of the city.

There are independent villas, highrises and condominiums within the township. As per the notification, Vatika Block-K, City Homes, Lifestyle Homes and Gurugram 21 will come under MCG, while The Seven Lamps, independent floors of blocks E, F, G, H, I, and S, and independent plots will fall under the limits of the Municipal Corporation of Manesar (MCM). Some 15,000 families are living in the township.

Residents say they have already been living with the blurred lines of accountability — not being represented by one MLA, for instance — and now a split civic jurisdiction could trigger long-term civic problems because any resolution would require two sets of administrators to be involved.

Lokesh Yadav, general secretary of K Block RWA, says, “There is a lot of confusion among residents since the zoning of the area as it will be very difficult for us to coordinate with the authorities concerned for our civic problems. We are already facing a lot of problems as we are divided by constituency, and now residents will bear the burden of being part of two civic bodies.”
Gurugram: Vatika India Next residents continues to live with blurred lines of accountabilityThe residents point out that despite the formation of a new municipal body, there is no clarity on the scope of demarcation. Sayandeb Bose, a resident of Lifestyle Homes, says, “The sector comprises mixed land of villages and now that the new municipal body came into existence, they should demarcate the constituency according to the sectors. Similarly, the demarcation of MCG and MCM must be done accordingly to avoid any ambiguity as the villages are now part of the urban development planning.”

The residents claim that earlier it was proposed that sectors 77 to 95 will be part of MCM but after the zoning of the area, their society has been left out. “Since the beginning, our registry has been done at Manesar tehsil. If our area is already under MCG limits, then why are we deprived of our civic amenities and why no development work has been carried out by MCG in the past five years,” asks Amresh Mishra, another resident of Lifestyle Homes.

“We don’t understand the logic behind excluding our area from MCM limits. It would be better if our sector is incorporated in it as most revenue is collected by this side of the city. We don’t want our area to be neglected anymore. There is no basic infrastructure, including roads, water supply lines and sewerage system, in place, while MCG has always prioritised other parts of Gurugram,” says Subhash Yadav, general secretary of City Homes RWA.

The residents say the area has been neglected for the past many years. The government has created a separate municipal body to look after the civic issues of the new Gurugram areas, then they should be clear about their thought process and devote it towards development not about revenue or vote base, according to them.

Pradip Rahi, a resident of Gurugram 21, says, “We have stray dog menace in the society but MCG has not yet responded, despite repeated complaints. There are 1,100 families in our society, half of whom cast their vote in Pataudi while others vote for Badshapur constituency. We don’t want a similar situation to arise when it comes to municipal body.”

Others have called for more accountability and transparency in the functioning of the municipal body. Amit Dhiman, another resident of Gurugram 21, says, “We have no qualms about whether we are part of MCG or MCM, but they should clearly define their responsibility so that the accountability can be fixed.”

Despite repeated attempts, MCG commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh could not be contacted.

Meanwhile, the residents of the township raised the issue with the local MLAs and MCM commissioner on Sunday and were assured that their problems will be resolved.



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Gurugram: Before takeover, corporation asks DLF to finish infrastructure work – ET RealEstate

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GURUGRAM: Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) chief Vinay Pratap Singh has directed DLF, the developer of DLF-1, 2 and 3, to complete the pending infrastructure work in these licensed colonies by June this year for takeover by the corporation.

The state government had directed the department of town and country planning (DTCP) director to transfer the maintenance of the colonies to the MCG in February 2019, with the mandate that the civic body will take over after due verification of the work done by the developer and the deficiencies.

In a meeting to review the status of pending infrastructure work in the three colonies on Wednesday, Singh had a discussion with DLF and local councillors. He said that for the smooth takeover of these colonies, the pending work as per the detailed project report (DPR) should be completed by June. DLF representatives assured him that it would be done.

The MCG chief also directed officials of the engineering wing to prepare estimates for the additional infrastructural work required in these colonies, which isn’t mentioned in the DPR.

The councillor of ward 34, RS Rathee, said the MCG should start maintenance and upgrade of parks and drains with immediate effect. “Residents are stuck between the developer and the civic body. They are facing problems but no one is attending to their concerns due to delay in completion of infrastructural deficiencies,” he said.

Ward 35 councillor Leelu Yadav said road-related work is up to 60% complete according to DLF, but on visiting the site, it was found to be not more than 20% done. “The condition of roads and water supply is pathetic and it needs to be addressed before summer,” he said.

In December 2019, DLF had informed the MCG that it will complete the deficit infrastructure work as soon as the blanket ban on construction imposed by the Supreme Court is lifted. The developer had also said it was carrying out maintenance work related to water supply, sewerage, horticulture, general upkeep, security and others in consultation with residents and RWA.

Following the progress report submitted by the developer, Singh had directed the additional commissioner and the executive engineer to verify the claims about the work status. But the report was not verified. The developer had submitted another progress report in February last year.



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