Rohtak rocks while Gurgaon quakes

GURGAON: Till a few years ago, Rohtak used to be a sleepy town on NH-10. Despite being just an hour-and-a-half drive away from Delhi, it remained untouched by development and modernity. On weekends, youngster would travel to Gurgaon just to see its skyscrapers and swanky malls.

Well, that was then. Today, Rohtak has emerged as a political capital of Haryana as chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has not forgotten his homeland. Things have changed quite drastically since 2005. New roads have been laid across the city and NH-10 is going through an expansion. The education sector has got a big boost after the city pipped the rest of the NCR to be home to the Indian Institute of Management. Maharshi Dayanand University and Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences ( PGIMS) are among the finest educational institutions in north India. That's not it.

Every second street has an English-only school, some of them being centrally airconditioned. The old cricket stadium has been replaced by Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex, which hosts world-class facilities. A decade ago, the city had only Maruti 800s and a few SUVs. Today, there are more than 200 super luxury cars like Mercedes, Audis and BMWs. About 500 new cars hit the city roads every month, clogging its narrow roads. Rohtak, which was then famous for its 'gajak', now has a multiplex where youngsters chew on Dominos and down Baskin Robbins. Two new malls are coming soon.

Don't be impressed by all this, because a new Rohtak is created on the outskirts - one that can challenge Gurgaon tomorrow. Here, the Hooda government is developing an industrial model township on 5,500-acre land. MNCs like Maruti Suzuki, Asian Paints, Suzuki Motorcycle, Nippon Carbide, Amul Dairy, Lakshmi Precision Screws and Aisin Automotive have launched work on projects worth Rs 5,000 crore.

With this, integrated townships like Omaxe City and Sun City are coming up. Land rates have gone up by two-to-three folds in last few years.

Last month, during the foundation stone-laying ceremony of its only R&D facility outside Japan, Maruti Suzuki managing director Shinzo Nakanishi said that like Gurgaon, Rohtak will soon make its mark on the international automobile market.

Hooda's strategy for Rohtak's development has been infrastructure-driven. As a result, the city has well-carpeted roads, six flyovers, glittering streetlights, big roundabouts, and a solid drainage system. Roads to Panipat, Hisar, Bhiwani, Jhajjar and Sonipat are also being expanded. The Rohtak-Delhi rail section is also being electrified and a proposal of laying a new railway line to Jhajjar-Rewari and Meham-Hansi is also in the pipeline.

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  • HC dismisses plea on acquisition of land in Rohtak

    Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, May 25

    Ambitious plans of five companies, said to be sister concerns of Parsvnath Developers Limited, to develop a chunk of land in Rohtak district have failed to take off. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed their petition challenging the acquisition of land in the area.

    The petitioners, Adela Buildcon Pvt Ltd and others, had challenged land acquisition proceedings initiated in February 2008 for 2,746 kanals, eight marlas situated in Bohar village; and another 2,446 kanals, six marlas in Garhi Bohar village in Rohtak district.

    The petitioners claimed they applied for a licence to develop 137.744 acres, vide applications dated June 22, 2006, and May 7, 2007. According to the final development plan of Rohtak district, the land was situated in Sectors 33 and 33-A and fell in a residential zone.

    While their applications were under consideration, notification under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act was published. Out of the total land of 137.744 acres, 14 acres owned by the petitioners was included in the notification.

    It was intended to be acquired for industrial, transport and other public utility services. The petitioners filed objections on March 10, 2008. It was alleged that without issuing notice to the petitioners for hearing, Section 6 notification was published.

    Elaborating, the petitioners said they were granted a licence for 118.188 acres in the revenue estate of Bohar for development of a residential plotted colony. While the petitioners were developing the licensed area according to the terms and conditions of the licences, they were shocked and dismayed when some of the officials of Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation started interfering in the development work?.

    Dismissing the petition, the Bench of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice AN Jindal asserted the petitioners, on the dates of awards for land acquisition, were told that the possession had been handed over to the HSIDC. They were informed that the construction of road and sewerage lights by them was not authorised.

    “The HSIDC has asserted its possession of the land in question at least since October 6, 2010. Therefore, the present petition filed on March 28 suffers from gross delay and laches. The petitioners cannot be permitted to challenge the same as the land vests with the State Government.”
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  • No CBI probe against Khemka, says CM
    Tribune News Service

    Rohtak, February 5
    Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has maintained that the state government had not recommended a CBI inquiry against IAS officer Ashok Khemka.

    Addressing a news conference here today, Hooda said the next course of action in connection with the allotment of work order worth Rs 8 crore to an Ahmedabad-based firm would be decided only after the release of the CAG report in this regard.

    On being asked about former Hisar Divisional Commissioner YS Khyalia joining the Aam Aadmi Party, the CM said everyone had the right to choose his/her career.

    "If any other serving government officer wants to join politics, his/her resignation will be accepted in 24 hours," he quipped.

    Hooda revealed that the Congress screening committee was considering new candidates for the Gurgaon, Hisar and Ambala parliamentary constituencies.
  • Land acquisition in Rohtak village stayed
    Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, February 21

    The Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the acquisition process of around 321 acres in Sampla village of Rohtak district. HUDA had proposed to develop a residential sector in the area.

    The High Court also issued notice to the Department of Town and Country Planning, HUDA and the Rohtak Land Acquisition Collector. They have been asked to respond to the contentions raised by the petitioner against the land acquisition process.

    The Bench headed by Justice Surya Kant passed the orders while hearing a petition filed by Om Prakash of Sampla whose 12 acres were acquired. Despite around 350 acres of barren land owned by the local panchayat, the state government had arbitrarily initiated the process to acquire fertile land of farmers. The case will now come up for hearing on April 9.