The millennium city just got a lot bigger. It will now stretch all the way to, and include, Manesar.

What started off as a suburb across Delhi's southern borders has become a city in itself, with the 1971 population of 57,000 now touching 22 lakh and set to increase to 37 lakh by 2021.

Gurgaon's new Master Plan, notified on February 5 (a gazetted copy of which is with TOI), makes it clear that the city's construction boom is only likely to become more frenetic.

With the private-government partnership development model for the residential sector of 'New Gurgaon', private players will have a large role to play as Gurgaon grows even more rapidly than at present.

Besides a lion's share in the residential sector, private players will be permitted to develop 50% of area marked for commercial sectors.

The development plan is for a total of 37,069 hectares against the 9,881-hectares target of the 2001 plan. This includes special economic zones of 4,570 hectares and existing towns and villages in the region.

While the plan looks to focus on residential development - read more and more highrises - it also earmarks 5,441 hectares for industrial and commercial development. The inclusion of Manesar and its industrial environs is an indication of this.

There is news for Gurgaon residents who have begun to despair of connectivity with Delhi. Two 90-metre-wide link roads have been planned.

One is from Vasant Kunj to Mehrauli Road and Gurgaon, the other between Andheria Mor and Faridabad road through Mandi and Gwal Pahari.

Another 150-metre-wide link road has been proposed from Dwarka to Palam Vihar. An additional corridor along the 150-metre northern link to Delhi extending from Dwarka has been proposed in the final development plan 2021 while a similar MRTS will come up along Mehrauli road up to the proposed inter state bus terminal at Kherki Dhaula.

This will be extended to Manesar. A 150-metre road would be constructed along the NH 8, or Delhi-Jaipur highway, which will ensure that traffic entering Gurgaon flows smoothly.

This is essential if traffic which gets off the highway and moves in and out of Udyog Vihar and Cybergreens is not to be choked.

To cater to a projected population of 37 lakh, 14,930 hectares have been marked for residential purposes. Some 8,000 hectares have already been developed by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and private developers and this is expected to accommodate some 20 lakh people. The additional 6,930 hectares would accommodate 15 lakh people by 2021.

The city's future would seem to be set in glass and concrete as is already visible in the case of New Gurgaon. There will be an explosion of malls and corporate parks.

"The new commercial areas will be in the form of big malls and corporate commercial complexes. In addition, commercial belts with the width of 200 metres have also been provided along the selected roads to cater to the needs of the surrounding areas,"states the gazette notification.
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  • Also lets hope .. whatever is currently there in gurgaon .. is kept in good state .. bcoz it may not be as planned as noida.. but whatever is there, the authorities are not looking that also.. that is the bad part ...
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  • HT news




    The 150-metre wide Northern Peripheral Road will redefine the real estate dynamics of Gurgaon, says Vandana Ramnani
    Sagar Parag travels from Dwarka to Manesar for work every day. The drive takes him more than an hour. Parag can't wait for work to begin on the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR), which is likely to reduce his commute time by half. Madhukar Kumar bought a plot in DLF Phase II (close to the NH8) in the late 90s at R1000 per sq yard. Today, the area commands a price of R1.5 lakh per sq yard -almost 100 times the original price.
    These examples clearly indicate the importance of the proposed 150-metre wide and the 18-km-long NPR, work on which may finally begin. And once that happens, it will not only be a major direct link with Delhi (from Dwarka side) alongside NH8, but will play a major role in redefining the real estate dynamics of Gurgaon.
    Realty experts point out that the residential/commercial supply that will come up along this new infrastructure development will have a “healthy dampening“ effect on the otherwise spiralling real estate values that one has witnessed of late in Gurgaon.
    Going forward, once the construction for the NPR takes off, residential sectors along the NPR will see a spurt in high-end housing due to the favourable location it offers, they say. Clearly, the effect on land values is expected to be similar to the impact of the new NH8 (as in Kumar's case) once it becomes operational.
    According to the new Gurgaon Master Plan 2021, about 10 to 20 new sectors are to come up along the NPR stretch, which will include residential, commercial and institutional development.
    These are likely to comprise of almost 10,000 residential units. Some of the residential sectors that face the expressway include 113, 111, 110A, 110, 105, 104, 102, 99 and 37 D, among others.
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  • Tinesha, I also read this article today.

    Please note - talking about it is not the same as doing it. Congress loves to talk big - remember how they talked about what we will do in the first 100 days, education reform, CBSE reform etc - all forgotten or in big mess right now.

    Talking about Dwarka expressway is not the same as building it. The article talks about 6 months just to commision a study on the feasibility before deciding tender specifications.

    I too am optimistic about this road, but anticipate 10 years for it to reach the levels of Golf course extenstion road in terms of property prices along it.

    Not a place to chose for livability in the next 10 years .
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  • New tax may make Gurgaon flats costlier

    Dipak Kumar Dash, TNN, Sep 8, 2010, 01.20am IST




    NEW DELHI: People looking to buy property in Gurgaon and Faridabad may have to fork out an extra 'charge'. With Haryana deciding to levy an infrastructure augmentation charge on developers — if they want to get full or partial completion certificates — chances are that the same will be passed on to buyers.

    The state assembly passed the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas (Amendment) Bill, 2010 on Tuesday. Though the government maintained the measure would have no adverse impact on residents who have already bought properties, there is no stopping developers from using the law as an excuse to sell plots and flats at higher rates.

    The measure is expected to raise funds that will be used by local authorities to provide much-needed facilities in NCR towns that have long suffered from poor infrastructure.

    The amendment enables private developers to get full and partial completion certificates for projects. It also has a provision under which the state government can levy infrastructure augmentation charges in lieu of the waiver of the 15% cap on profit margin. Sources said even as private builders were not allowed to make more than 15% profit under the earlier provisions of the Act, the rule was hardly followed.

    A senior official said, "They used to fudge the balancesheet to show under 15% profit. It's the market forces and conditions that decide the property rates, and the norm set by any government is rarely adhered to." He added that so far, not a single developer has applied for completion certificate in Gurgaon, where maximum private development has taken place in the state, and that maintenance of infrastructure facilities is still being carried out by them.

    "There have been cases of people moving the court against hike in maintenance charges by developers. Now, private developers can exit a project by paying one-time payment for infrastructure augmentation," the official claimed. Sources said this could also benefit private developers since they will be able to avoid paying hefty annual renewal charges for keeping licences of private colonies.

    But there are apprehensions that after the waiver of profit margin of developers, they might end up selling plots and flats in new areas for higher prices. "For future projects, that possibility can't be ruled out," said a top government functionary.


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  • I also read this article.

    It does not say how much prices will increase - very irritating
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  • Is Gurgaon A Right Place To Buy Property

    Property market in Gurgaon is reaching sky-high levels by leaps and bounds. Back in time, real estate was thought to be an unorganized market mostly dominated by regional players. But, now things have changed completely. This sector is increasingly being looked upon as to be peopled by renowned developers and managed by professionals. Gurgaon real estate is believed to have driven forward the development process in other parts of the country as well. Once a highly fragmented business dominated by region-based private entrepreneurs has now become a national and global business.
    The real estate business in Gurgaon is surging ahead sharply. Its business environment, improving infrastructure coupled with the growing financial strength and changing lifestyle of the residents are the main factors persuading real estate developers to bring more and more frenetic developments in this rapidly flourishing cyber city.
    With Gurgaon being recognized as a major hub of multinational companies setting up their bases in great numbers, there is no scarcity of funds. Surprisingly, Gurgaon is standing as a city offering high returns on property investments on hand. Roll eyes in either direction if you talk about commercial or residential real estate, you will see development taking place to the fullest. As the demand for residential housing is rising up as never before, it is an opportune time to make investments in the residential segment. Domestic and international property enthusiasts, especially Non Resident Indians (NRIs), are keen on making investments here.
    Gurgaon is witnessing huge foreign investments which will be a promising factor of high return on investments, as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policies in India are among the most liberal and attractive in emerging economies. So, making investment in Gurgaon properties is a good idea.
    Gurgaon has always been topped the chart on real estate values. Land rates in Gurgaon are already skyrocketing and they are to increase further as the city continues to expand day by day. However, land still remains an attractive investment option that could come by for investors. Property in central areas of Gurgaon is getting fair appreciation from real estate investors. It seldom has chances to multiply over the next several years.
    Development of several Special economic zones (SEZs) will give a further impetus to real estate business in Gurgaon and thereby turning the city into a real competitive IT center is not an unfulfilled dream. Subsequently, property rates in Gurgaon are high and at par with some of the high-priced metros in India.
    Another round of escalation of prices cannot be ruled out keeping in mind the establishment of world-class industries and infrastructures and giants are setting up substantial presence. With a multitude of skyscrapers set to dot the skyline, the time is not so far when Gurgaon will be recognized as a ‘city of skyscrapers’.
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  • Tinesha,

    Both articles posted by you r almost dramatically opposite to each other. Which one do u believe is right/correct ?


    Originally Posted by tinesha
    Hines India Expects a Correction in Real Estate Markets


    New Delhi: The local unit of the US-based real estate firm Hines Interests Lp., Hines India Real Estate Pvt. Ltd, says it plans to be conservative in making investments because it believes the Indian real estate market is overheated and ready for a correction.

    Land prices in India have seen a dramatic increase in the last two-three years, with values tripling in some of the top cities and industrial hubs, creating a new breed of rich among land owners, who in turn have bought more real estate for speculative gains. The rapid escalation in land prices suggests a bubble, says Daniel MacEachron, managing director, Hines India.

    “The real estate bubble will not burst in the sense that prices will collapse,” he said. But he expects there will likely be a correction in prices up to 50% noting that, “even that is not a huge reduction considering the fact that prices have doubled and tripled in the last couple of years.”

    A bubble typically occurs when asset values get over-inflated, and when investors no longer see value in those assets it leads to a sell-off that can lead to a sharp downward revision in prices. “Hines has always been a conservative firm. We want to be careful about where we invest our money,” MacEachron said.

    Hines, a real estate development and investment firm, has built many landmark towers, such as the Bank of America Center in Houston, the EDF Tower in Paris, the Embassy House in Beijing and Harris Bank Complex in Chicago. Hines has set up a $300 million (Rs1,182 crore) equity fund to invest in real estate projects in India. The company plans to invest this money in three-five projects over the next three years.

    This even as real estate prices have already softened by 15-20% in overheated pockets such as Gurgaon and Noida near New Delhi, according to estimates from several real estate consultancies.

    While there are large tracts of land in India, land prices had shot up because of artificial constraints to acquiring land, MacEachron said. “Ownership of land and land titles are not clear in India. There are no clear land records here unlike in other countries.”

    In August, Hines formed a joint venture with DLF Ltd, India’s largest publicly traded real estate firm by market capitalization, to develop an urban mixed-use complex spread over 15 acres in Gurgaon. This complex will have a 30-storey high office tower, high-end retail shops, restaurant and entertainment venues, and a hotel.

    Hines has committed an equity investment of $50 million in this project. This investment will be made out of the fund set up by Hines. The total estimated cost of the project is around $200 million.

    Just as Hines is investing in Indian real estate despite its cautionary approach, overseas money continues to pour into the sector.

    Nakheel Llc., a United Arab Emirates-based developer, along with DLF, plans to pump in as much as $10 billion in just township projects in India. Several other firms have also committed millions of dollars on the assumption that India’s real estate story is only going to get better.

    Foreign real estate firms and private equity funds are keen on investing in the Indian real estate market, as the return on investment is higher in India compared with more developed markets such as the US. Hines expects to get a 20% return on its investments after taxes after it exits the investments, typically over a period of three years.

    According to an Ernst and Young real estate report, nearly two-dozen US funds such as Blackstone Group ($1 billion) and man Sachs ($1 billion) are raising funds for investment in Indian realty sector. Other funds such as Berggruen Holdings ($200 million), Kenmore, Bluestone Quantum Management Pvt. Ltd are also set to invest in the Indian real estate market.

    Over the next three years, Hines plans to build one or more high-rise residential and commercial towers in India and an integrated township spread across 100-200 acres in partnership with local developers.
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  • Originally Posted by MANOJa
    Tinesha,

    Both articles posted by you r almost dramatically opposite to each other. Which one do u believe is right/correct ?


    Different people think differently . U hv 2 collect all information & act according 2 your mind...
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  • Originally Posted by tinesha
    Hines India Expects a Correction in Real Estate Markets


    New Delhi: The local unit of the US-based real estate firm Hines Interests Lp., Hines India Real Estate Pvt. Ltd, says it plans to be conservative in making investments because it believes the Indian real estate market is overheated and ready for a correction.

    Land prices in India have seen a dramatic increase in the last two-three years, with values tripling in some of the top cities and industrial hubs, creating a new breed of rich among land owners, who in turn have bought more real estate for speculative gains. The rapid escalation in land prices suggests a bubble, says Daniel MacEachron, managing director, Hines India.

    “The real estate bubble will not burst in the sense that prices will collapse,” he said. But he expects there will likely be a correction in prices up to 50% noting that, “even that is not a huge reduction considering the fact that prices have doubled and tripled in the last couple of years.”

    A bubble typically occurs when asset values get over-inflated, and when investors no longer see value in those assets it leads to a sell-off that can lead to a sharp downward revision in prices. “Hines has always been a conservative firm. We want to be careful about where we invest our money,” MacEachron said.

    Hines, a real estate development and investment firm, has built many landmark towers, such as the Bank of America Center in Houston, the EDF Tower in Paris, the Embassy House in Beijing and Harris Bank Complex in Chicago. Hines has set up a $300 million (Rs1,182 crore) equity fund to invest in real estate projects in India. The company plans to invest this money in three-five projects over the next three years.

    This even as real estate prices have already softened by 15-20% in overheated pockets such as Gurgaon and Noida near New Delhi, according to estimates from several real estate consultancies.

    While there are large tracts of land in India, land prices had shot up because of artificial constraints to acquiring land, MacEachron said. “Ownership of land and land titles are not clear in India. There are no clear land records here unlike in other countries.”

    In August, Hines formed a joint venture with DLF Ltd, India’s largest publicly traded real estate firm by market capitalization, to develop an urban mixed-use complex spread over 15 acres in Gurgaon. This complex will have a 30-storey high office tower, high-end retail shops, restaurant and entertainment venues, and a hotel.

    Hines has committed an equity investment of $50 million in this project. This investment will be made out of the fund set up by Hines. The total estimated cost of the project is around $200 million.

    Just as Hines is investing in Indian real estate despite its cautionary approach, overseas money continues to pour into the sector.

    Nakheel Llc., a United Arab Emirates-based developer, along with DLF, plans to pump in as much as $10 billion in just township projects in India. Several other firms have also committed millions of dollars on the assumption that India’s real estate story is only going to get better.

    Foreign real estate firms and private equity funds are keen on investing in the Indian real estate market, as the return on investment is higher in India compared with more developed markets such as the US. Hines expects to get a 20% return on its investments after taxes after it exits the investments, typically over a period of three years.

    According to an Ernst and Young real estate report, nearly two-dozen US funds such as Blackstone Group ($1 billion) and man Sachs ($1 billion) are raising funds for investment in Indian realty sector. Other funds such as Berggruen Holdings ($200 million), Kenmore, Bluestone Quantum Management Pvt. Ltd are also set to invest in the Indian real estate market.

    Over the next three years, Hines plans to build one or more high-rise residential and commercial towers in India and an integrated township spread across 100-200 acres in partnership with local developers.

    This article looks outdated and contradicting itself. The headline is about real estate prices reducing, while the company Hines is going ahead and investing. Why would a shrewd PE fund invest, if he expects correction.They should wait for correction !!
    The news about Nakheel( a Dubai based Co) is not correct. The company is in financial stress , finding it difficult to pay its creditors. They have stopped all their existing devlopments in UAE, till debts are restructured. This company is a part of Dubai World which is undergoing debt restructuing. So, I donot belive they are putting $10 billion in India( along with DLF)-They donot have money, and nobody will lend to them under current scenario .
    The sofetning of prices in Gurgaon by 15-20%??? What a joke-Which area in Gurgaon/Noida!!! I donot know what is the purpose of these articles, which headlines on correction but then talks of how comapnies are gun go about the future of real estate !!
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  • Originally Posted by Vicky100
    This article looks outdated and contradicting itself. The headline is about real estate prices reducing, while the company Hines is going ahead and investing. Why would a shrewd PE fund invest, if he expects correction.They should wait for correction !!
    The news about Nakheel( a Dubai based Co) is not correct. The company is in financial stress , finding it difficult to pay its creditors. They have stopped all their existing devlopments in UAE, till debts are restructured. This company is a part of Dubai World which is undergoing debt restructuing. So, I donot belive they are putting $10 billion in India( along with DLF)-They donot have money, and nobody will lend to them under current scenario .
    The sofetning of prices in Gurgaon by 15-20%??? What a joke-Which area in Gurgaon/Noida!!! I donot know what is the purpose of these articles, which headlines on correction but then talks of how comapnies are gun go about the future of real estate !!


    I tried to find out & you are right . I am deleting it now....
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  • Forget potholes, ride pods in Gurgaon:

    TIMES NEWS NETWORK



    Gurgaon: Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has a hightech solution that will address commuters’ problems in one shot: Pod taxis. And he is serious about it.
    As Gurgaon residents well know, the city roads are an optical illusion. The unbroken chain of craters and ditches that pass for roads have for long burned holes in the pockets and hearts of the residents.
    But, if Hooda has his way, you could bypass the troublesome roads altogether. “Pod taxis seem to be the best way to take public transport through all the built up areas,’’ Hooda told TOI in an exclusive interview. Clearly, the chief minister aims high.
    The CM believes that these batteryoperated, driverless vehicles that run on an elevated track, will begin to ply in the next few years and connect people point to point — what the government claims as “providing last mile connectivity”.
    Highly placed sources in the Haryana government said the project would be implemented in the public private partnership (PPP) mode, with a total investment of Rs 5,000 crore.
    The government is looking at introducing about 1,100 pod taxis initially. “We want the pod taxi facility to connect all commercial and residential complexes in the city. Taking public transport to that point is our aim,” said the chief minister. The proposed ticket rate is Rs 10. He added that the government had already completed the detailed project report.
    “I hope Gurgaon will be the first city in India to get such a facility. It will cover both new and old parts of the city,’’ Hooda said.
    Officials said the service would offer a solution to Gurgaon’s mobility problem. “You don’t need to depend on rickshaws or taxis to move within the city. This will also be a solution to commuting from Metro stations to the workplace or home,’’ they said. Millennium goal: Future’s in pod It might look like something out of a sci-fi film, but the Haryana govt believes pod taxis will solve its niggling public transport problems Dipak Kumar Dash | TNN
    No drivers, no rails, no emissions and no haggling over fares. The future of Gurgaon’s public transport is bubble shaped and it’s called a pod taxi.
    Designed to work on specialized roads reserved for them, the space age pods are unmanned. And, if Haryana government is to be believed, these lowenergy, no emission vehicles will become Gurgaon’s transport reality in near future. Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda says these taxis will end Gurgaon's dependency on autos, taxis and cycle rickshaws.
    The ride could be smooth for the pod project. Sources close to the project said that it is commercially viable despite being a high capital intensive plan, considering the high demand of intra-city movement within Gurgaon.
    “We have the big challenge of linking Metro stations to offices. Pod taxis seem to be the best option,” said a senior official of Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP).
    The taxis, once in place, will also connect to the private Metro plan. One of the major reasons for the government to pick the pod was the minimal requirement of land on surface to construct the elevated structures.
    “It will be completely elevated. We need only 100 sq yard land to build a station. The stations will also have multi-level parking,” said a senior transport department official.
    The battery operated pods need only 22 mw of electricity for recharging. For commuters, the biggest advantage would be in terms of saving time. These pods will take the shortest route between the boarding point and a particular destination.
    POD CAST
    Model | Build, operate & transfer
    Phase-I (New & Old Gurgaon) | 105 km, 143 stations
    Stretch | Ist: 31km IInd: 74km
    Pod density | 30 pods after every kilometre
    Land Needed for a station | 100 sq yard
    Facility at stations | Multi-level parking
    Status | Detailed project report completed
    Time needed | 18 months from the day of awarding of the project





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  • So typical of gurgaon and its administration. Badi badi baatein.

    When will the administration wake up and smell the coffee. There is more to a city than just swanky malls, golf courses and pod taxis now.
    All the planners care about is architectural marvels and converting agri land into residential to make money.

    Can they just get the basics right please

    1. Roads. I didn't say better, because right now there is hardly any left in my daily commute to udyog vihar from sec 23. Its just a series of stones, water logging and pot holes.

    2. The Law: Atleast a little better policing - not asking for a radical change. It doesn't help that in gurgaon, many localites/goons have zero respect for the law. Only tough policing will contain them because the goons are morally corrupt and they won't change.

    3. Electricity: Well the first item anyone buys on shifting to gurgaon is an inverter. I don't think that will change in a hurry.

    4. .... leave it. There is no end to it :bab (38):
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  • Originally Posted by Mikhail
    So typical of gurgaon and its administration. Badi badi baatein.

    When will the administration wake up and smell the coffee. There is more to a city than just swanky malls, golf courses and pod taxis now.
    All the planners care about is architectural marvels and converting agri land into residential to make money.

    Can they just get the basics right please

    1. Roads. I didn't say better, because right now there is hardly any left in my daily commute to udyog vihar from sec 23. Its just a series of stones, water logging and pot holes.

    2. The Law: Atleast a little better policing - not asking for a radical change. It doesn't help that in gurgaon, many localites/goons have zero respect for the law. Only tough policing will contain them because the goons are morally corrupt and they won't change.

    3. Electricity: Well the first item anyone buys on shifting to gurgaon is an inverter. I don't think that will change in a hurry.

    4. .... leave it. There is no end to it :bab (38):


    Residents groups storm civic chief's office over poor infrastructure

    Joel Joseph, TNN, Sep 14, 2010, 04.46am IST


    GURGAON: Irked by the lack of basic infrastructure in the city, hundreds of residents from various parts of Gurgaon protested outside Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Khullars office on Monday.

    The residents, mostly comprising women, broke tubelights and flowerpots outside the office, while protesting against the municipal commissioner.

    The municipal commissioner is a dishonest, shameless, useless and inefficient man, said Col (retd) Ratan Singh, chairman, Joint Action Forum of Residents Association (JAFRA), an umbrella body of citizen groups, who led the protest.

    He added: Even though it was a peaceful demonstration, the residents are so annoyed with the municipal commissioner that they would have beaten him up had I not stopped them, The police had a tough time pacifying the agitated mob. Barricades were installed outside to keep the protestors away from the office premises. While they succeeded in foiling the residents plans of locking Khullar inside his office, they could not stop them from forcing him out of his office to listen to their woes.

    We are sick and tired of the administration. It is just not doing anything. The roads are full of ditches, the sewage water is seeping into houses and there is garbage strewn all over the place. They are only looting the people. There is no accountability of funds and nobody seems to have an idea of where the money is going, said Singh.

    He added, The protestors have threatened to intensify their stir if the administration does not improve things within a month. We met divisional commissioner T K Sharma and gave him a memorandum of our demands. He has promised to call a meeting of all department heads this week. We will block all roads and go on a hunger strike if our demands are not met.

    Asked about the protest, Khullar said he has taken note of the residents complaints. On the poor water supply to Rajendra Park, he said the civic body has been in existence for only two years, so water pipes are not in place. We are laying down water pipes. The work will be completed only by next summer. Till then, water will be supplied through tankers, said Khullar.











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  • A laudable effort of JAFRA . I think all should support the initiative , as the issue affects all residents of Gurgaon .




    Originally Posted by tinesha
    Residents groups storm civic chief's office over poor infrastructure

    Joel Joseph, TNN, Sep 14, 2010, 04.46am IST


    GURGAON: Irked by the lack of basic infrastructure in the city, hundreds of residents from various parts of Gurgaon protested outside Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Khullars office on Monday.

    The residents, mostly comprising women, broke tubelights and flowerpots outside the office, while protesting against the municipal commissioner.

    The municipal commissioner is a dishonest, shameless, useless and inefficient man, said Col (retd) Ratan Singh, chairman, Joint Action Forum of Residents Association (JAFRA), an umbrella body of citizen groups, who led the protest.

    He added: Even though it was a peaceful demonstration, the residents are so annoyed with the municipal commissioner that they would have beaten him up had I not stopped them, The police had a tough time pacifying the agitated mob. Barricades were installed outside to keep the protestors away from the office premises. While they succeeded in foiling the residents plans of locking Khullar inside his office, they could not stop them from forcing him out of his office to listen to their woes.

    We are sick and tired of the administration. It is just not doing anything. The roads are full of ditches, the sewage water is seeping into houses and there is garbage strewn all over the place. They are only looting the people. There is no accountability of funds and nobody seems to have an idea of where the money is going, said Singh.

    He added, The protestors have threatened to intensify their stir if the administration does not improve things within a month. We met divisional commissioner T K Sharma and gave him a memorandum of our demands. He has promised to call a meeting of all department heads this week. We will block all roads and go on a hunger strike if our demands are not met.

    Asked about the protest, Khullar said he has taken note of the residents complaints. On the poor water supply to Rajendra Park, he said the civic body has been in existence for only two years, so water pipes are not in place. We are laying down water pipes. The work will be completed only by next summer. Till then, water will be supplied through tankers, said Khullar.











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  • promise after promise by CM but no action on Ground

    New gurgaon will be better than old: CM

    TNN, Sep 14, 2010, 03.29am IST

    Despite the fact that Gurgaon supplies nearly 40% of the total revenue to the state of Haryana, it has huge infrastructural problems hampering its future as a business and residential city.

    Representing Gurgaon, TOI met the state CM, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, to find out how the government would tackle the abiding problems of roads, power and water to mention a few.

    However, a confident CM more or less dismissed them as unfounded while listing out his actionable plans. He spoke on Gurgaon at length. And, astonishingly, he spoke even more on another city which was not quite there yet: New Gurgaon!

    Gurgaon is the new face of India. What are your plans for the city to make it a model place to live and work?
    Gurgaon has witnessed rapid growth in recent years. Major IT and BPO companies besides big MNCs have their offices here. We are making huge investments in the augmentation of the citys infrastructure. The new city for which we have already prepared a plan would go a long way to address general grievances of infrastructure. The New Gurgaon will factor in the requirements of the future. Gurgaon will remain the preferred destination for investment and living.

    You are now talking about New Gurgaon, altogether another dream. But issues relating to infrastructure of the city as it is refuse to go away. Is there something wrong with planning or implementation?
    I dont believe in fixing the blame on the previous government. None could imagine Gurgaon would grow like this in the post-economic liberalization period. But, I do agree that Gurgaon could do with better infrastructure. For example, I know there is no proper parking space on Mehrauli Gurgaon Road. All malls came up on one stretch. The traffic is huge. But, you cant reverse what has already happened. Dhancha bigad jata hai to sahi karne mein samay lagta hai (It takes time to fix a structure that is already defective).

    What is unique about the New Gurgaon which is scheduled to be fully developed by 2025?
    We will be following the PPP model for the development of this new city, with private players developing 50% and our own development authority putting in the rest.
    There will be adequate parking space, greenery, commercial space and open areas. The new city will be developed in the next 5-10 years. When you build a new city, you can actually plan for everything from sewage disposal, water to roads.

    There has been a lot of criticism to the government population projection for 2025. You have put it around 11 lakh, whereas citizens groups have said that this is an underestimation and that the infrastructure including power and water cant meet the demand as the actual population would be close to
    20 lakh.

    I dont agree. There is no problem with the population projection by 2025. To meet infrastructure needs, we have built an additional water channel NCR Canal for Gurgaon, Manesar, Faridabad and adjoining areas. Gurgaon will get its due share. The supply will start as soon HUDA completes the works to treat raw water.
    On the power front, we are on good footing. Soon Khedar-II (600mw) and Jhajjar -1(500 mw) power plant would be operational. This will bring major relief to the entire state including Haryana.

    What about transport?
    We will introduce Pod service in Gurgaon. Delhi Metro has already reached the city. Private Metro work is also on. We need to take Metro to Manesar. Number of low floor buses for internal mobility will also be increased soon.

    The two link roads between Delhi and Gurgaon are already choked. The proposal of constructing three more link roads has been pending for long. Whats the status?
    Work on the northern periphery road from Dwarka to Manesar will start anytime now. The other two link roads would also happen soon.

    When is the KMP expressway likely to be operational?
    The first phase of the 135km expressway between Manesar and Palwal will be opened for traffic by this year-end. Rest of the stretch would be made operational in the next 8-10 months.

    Dont you feel the need for establishing an overall development authority for the city?
    Gurgaon has now got a municipal corporation and its doing quite well. We dont see any merit in establishing an umbrella authority.
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