Gurugram civic body's takeover of private colonies stalled, govt says land banks will do


With the plan for MCG’s takeover of private colonies getting delayed and stuck at the negotiating table, the government has offered the developers a new plan, its third, under which those developers who are unable to pay for the pending infrastructure work in their colonies can deposit land banks at their disposal in exchange. 


Unitech Ltd and Ansal API have been asked to submit lists of their licensed/unlicensed land parcels in Gurugram, after they expressed their inability to pay for pending infrastructure work in their colonies, including Palam Vihar, Sushant Lok 1 and South City 1. 


While Sushant Lok 1 and Palam Vihar were developed by Ansal API, Unitech developed South City 1. According to officials, DLF (in phases 1, 2 and 3) and Suncity have agreed to complete their pending infrastructure work respectively, but Unitech and Ansal have offered land in lieu of the cost of pending work. 


“We’ve asked those builders, who are unable to pay for pending infrastructure work in their colonies, to submit a list of their properties in Gurugram. They are expected to reply with details by Monday next, following which, a decision will be taken. These lands will go to MCG, against which the corporation will carry out pending maintenance and repair works in these areas,” said MCG commissioner Yashpal Yadav.


The decision came at a meeting on colony takeover on Friday morning, where officials representing the developers, MCG and DTCP were all present. 


Yadav added that Suncity has already started completing pending infrastructure work, and said it will be completed within the stipulated two-month period. DLF hasn’t started its infrastructure development work yet.


“We’ve started the paper work, but since most of the remaining work is road repair, we’ll do it in September, after the monsoons,” said a DLF spokesperson.


MCG has also appointed two nodal officers who will be monitoring the pace and quality of work being carried out by DLF and Suncity. “We’ve sought details of work carried out and timelines, so that we can follow up on it,” said Yadav.


Another meeting on the topic is expected soon. 


“This was just a follow-up meeting on the status of takeovers, where details have been sought from developers,” said R S Bhatt, district town planner (DTP), DTCP, Gurugram.


Sources in the know said given the current situation, the takeover of Palam Vihar, Sushant Lok 1 and South City 1 is likely to stretch further, as negotiations over value of land will follow. 


They added that while takeover of Sun City might happen within the next three months, it is unlikely to happen in DLF sectors any time before year-end.


Meanwhile, residents of Sushant Lok 1 and Palam Vihar expressed distress about their ever-deteriorating living standards.


 “Given the current situation, both government and developer are making a fool of us. When they know the developer is not going to complete the development works, why not takeover immediately,” said Sunil Yadav, RWA, Palam Vihar. 

Written by The Realty Paper

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