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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