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    One township, 5 sectors, 2 MLAs, and now, 2 corporations . They just want to be one


    TNN | Updated: Jan 11, 2021, 08:05 IST


    Meanwhile, the residents of the township raised the issue with the local MLAs and MCM commissioner on Sunday a...Read More

    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.”

    The 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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      Waste to roads, RWAs flag issues at first MCM meet

      TNN | Updated: Jan 11, 2021, 07:59 IST
      Vinay Pratap Singh

      By: Akanksha Gupta

      GURUGRAM: Residents of sectors and sarpanches of villages that have been taken over by the newly formed Manesar municipal corporation met commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh on Sunday and discussed various civic amenities that need upgrade. Pataudi MLA SP Jrawta and Rakesh Daultabad, the legislator from Badshahpur, were also present at the meet.

      This was the first such meeting attended by officials of the civic corporation, sarpanches, MLAs and RWA representatives. The issues that were discussed included waste management, poor roads, lack of drainage system, water supply, streetlights, concession on stamp duty and public transport, among others. The residents also demanded development of hospitals, markets, parks, playgrounds and community halls in new sectors.

      Praveen Malik, vice-president of the United Association of New Gurugram, said, “Most of the green belt along the sector road is not maintained properly. We have suggested that the corporation should engage RWAs to maintain greenbelts of the area. The expenses can be reimbursed by the civic body. Similarly, we have also urged MCM to implement waste segregation at source in the new sectors so that less amount of garbage reaches the landfills. Also, since the urban population in the area has increased manifold in the past few years, there is still no cremation ground which caters to the new sectors.”

      The residents have also wanted a list of pending development work by HSVP and GMDA to be prepared by the corporation. Rao Dharamveer Singh, a social worker and resident of Mapsko Casabella, said, “The sector roads in our area are in a very bad condition. They haven’t been repaired for so many years. We have requested the civic body to complete the roads soon.” A few residents also raised the issue of lack of streetlights and their maintenance on the internal roads.

      Sarpanches sought relaxation of taxes like property tax that villagers have to pay now that they come under a municipal corporation.

      Commissioner Singh assured them the Manesar corporation would work according to the expectation of the people.He also sought cooperation from RWAs and sarpanches and assured them that the areas under the civic body would be developed in a phased manner. He also said that all records in the new corporation would be digitised.











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

        Property owners in new Gurugram, which is now partly under the newly-formed Manesar civic body and the recently-enlarged Gurugram civic body, will now have to shell out 2% more of the property cost for registration of their properties.
        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.

        MCM 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.








        Gurugram: First registry delay, then 2% stamp duty hike, buyers suffer twin blows, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)
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          10% cut in circle rates will boost realty market in Gurgaon, say builders

          Rao Jaswant Singh | TNN | Updated: Jan 13, 2021, 17:58 IST




          Gurgaon: Citing the sluggishness in the realty market, city-based home developers have demanded a 10% cut in the proposed circle rate and stamp duty relaxation. They claim the circle rates in Gurgaon are already very high and may prove detrimental for the realty sector if the government doesn’t extend support to builders.

          The circle rate or collector’s rate is the minimum value that state governments have set for the sale or transfer of a plot, built-up house, apartment or commercial property. Income tax law does not allow builders to sell flats and homes below circle rates.

          Ramesh Singla, president of Gurgaon Home Developers and Plot Holders Association, told TOI that he recently met deputy commissioner Yash Garg and requested him to reduce the circle rates in order to boost Gurgaon’s real estate market, which is struggling post-Covid. “If the circle rate is lowered, it will make transactions more profitable for homebuyers as well as developers,” he said.

          In plotted areas for instance, there is a direct benefit to consumers. If the property is of Rs 1 crore value, the buyer has to pay 7% stamp duty, which is around Rs 7 lakh, in case of a 10% cut the buyer would save around Rs 1 lakh. “The current circle rate for floors is Rs 5,500 per sq ft and the proposed circle rate is Rs 6,500 per sq ft. The proposed circle rate and the stamp duty are too high for the realty market amid Covid,” said Singla.

          Naresh Yadav, another developer and vice president of the association, said, “In the wake of the pandemic, other state governments have already reduced the circle rate and stamp duty but the Haryana government has not yet granted any relief to developers and homebuyers.”

          He also said the proposed as well as the current circle rates of basements are too high in the city, “because it is free from the floor area ratio (FAR) with no right on land”.













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            Circle rates may go up, hike in Manesar property prices likely

            TNN | Jan 14, 2021, 07:20 IST

            Gurgaon: Buying a property in Manesar may soon get costlier as the district administration has proposed a hike in the circle rates in the town that was recently brought under a new corporation. Apart from Manesar, a hike in the circle rates in Gurgaon’s Wazirabad tehsil has also been proposed — a move that may push up apartment prices in upscale condominiums like Emaar MGF, Magnolias, Laburnum and The Verandas.

            The district administration has invited suggestions and objections till January 15, after which the new circle rates for the 2021-22 fiscal will be notified for implementation with effect from April 1, officials have said. The circle rate or collector’s rate is the minimum value that state governments have set for the sale or transfer of a plot, built-up house, apartment or commercial property.

            Deputy commissioner Yash Garg said on Wednesday that while no changes have been proposed in the circle rates of Gurgaon tehsil, Sohna, and the sub-tehsils of Badshapur, Kadipur and Harsaru, a hike has been proposed in the circle rate for various group housing cooperative societies in Manesar tehsil.

            In Manesar tehsil, the circle rate for group housing cooperative societies in sectors 77,78, 80, 81A, 82A, 83, M1 (D), M1(B) and 84, metro depot and ISBT may increase to Rs 5,000 per sq feet from the existing Rs 4,500 per sq feet if the proposal is accepted.

            Moreover, the circle rate for independent floors of private developers in sectors 79, 79 (A), 79 (B), 85, 86, 87 (part), M1, M1(A) and M1(C) may go up to Rs 5,000 per sq feet from the existing Rs 4,400 per sq feet. The circle rate proposed for Ansal industrial and residential areas in Manesar is Rs 12,000 per sq ft, the DC said.

            Similarly, for Wazirabad tehsil, there has been a proposal to fix a circle rate of Rs 9,000 per sq ft for Emaar MGF, Rs 7,000 per sq ft for Icon and Rs 9,000 per sq ft for the Crest.

            The upscale condominiums — Aralias, Magnolias and Camellias — are also likely to get costlier in the next fiscal as the district administration has proposed increasing the circle rate from the existing Rs 20,000 per sq feet to Rs 23,000 per sq feet. However, the final circle rates will be decided on the basis of feedback that the district administration receives from the residents and other stakeholders, he added.









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              Circle rates may go up, hike in Manesar property prices likely

              TNN | Jan 14, 2021, 07:20 IST

              Gurgaon: Buying a property in Manesar may soon get costlier as the district administration has proposed a hike in the circle rates in the town that was recently brought under a new corporation. Apart from Manesar, a hike in the circle rates in Gurgaon’s Wazirabad tehsil has also been proposed — a move that may push up apartment prices in upscale condominiums like Emaar MGF, Magnolias, Laburnum and The Verandas.

              The district administration has invited suggestions and objections till January 15, after which the new circle rates for the 2021-22 fiscal will be notified for implementation with effect from April 1, officials have said. The circle rate or collector’s rate is the minimum value that state governments have set for the sale or transfer of a plot, built-up house, apartment or commercial property.

              Deputy commissioner Yash Garg said on Wednesday that while no changes have been proposed in the circle rates of Gurgaon tehsil, Sohna, and the sub-tehsils of Badshapur, Kadipur and Harsaru, a hike has been proposed in the circle rate for various group housing cooperative societies in Manesar tehsil.

              In Manesar tehsil, the circle rate for group housing cooperative societies in sectors 77,78, 80, 81A, 82A, 83, M1 (D), M1(B) and 84, metro depot and ISBT may increase to Rs 5,000 per sq feet from the existing Rs 4,500 per sq feet if the proposal is accepted.

              Moreover, the circle rate for independent floors of private developers in sectors 79, 79 (A), 79 (B), 85, 86, 87 (part), M1, M1(A) and M1(C) may go up to Rs 5,000 per sq feet from the existing Rs 4,400 per sq feet. The circle rate proposed for Ansal industrial and residential areas in Manesar is Rs 12,000 per sq ft, the DC said.

              Similarly, for Wazirabad tehsil, there has been a proposal to fix a circle rate of Rs 9,000 per sq ft for Emaar MGF, Rs 7,000 per sq ft for Icon and Rs 9,000 per sq ft for the Crest.

              The upscale condominiums — Aralias, Magnolias and Camellias — are also likely to get costlier in the next fiscal as the district administration has proposed increasing the circle rate from the existing Rs 20,000 per sq feet to Rs 23,000 per sq feet. However, the final circle rates will be decided on the basis of feedback that the district administration receives from the residents and other stakeholders, he added.



              Circle rates may go up, hike in Manesar property prices likely | Gurgaon News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
              I think this will become another road block for buyers. e.g. a property / apartment of 2000sqft in sector-50 which was according to Circle rate was 1cr (5000 x 2000) will raise to 1.4cr if circle rate increases to 7,000 as proposed.

              I think it will not going to help Gurgaon Real estate market and plus they haven't reduced the stamp duty prices like Maharashtra.

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                Illegal road is ruining natural green cover of Aravalis, say DLF residents

                Ipsita Pati | TNN | Updated: Jan 18, 2021, 05:44 IST

                The illegal road that has been created from the colony road of DLF-3 V-10 is behind the Aravali Biodiversity P...Read More

                GURUGRAM: The encroachment in Aravali continues but the civic agency is yet to take any action, residents of DLF-3 have claimed. A group of residents have also approached the Punjab and Haryana high court regarding the illegal construction. TOI visited the area and found that an illegal road has been built from DLF-3 into the MCG area where farmhouses and dairies have been constructed and slums have come up, destroying the natural green cover with construction and demolition (C&D) waste.

                The illegal road that has been created from the colony road of DLF-3 V-10 is behind the Aravali Biodiversity Park. "The DLF internal road is being used as a thoroughfare with massive movement of tractors, cars, autos, bikes and trucks. This road is being used to dump construction waste into the green belt. Several times the villagers have also tried to capture the land in the Aravali Biodiversity Park," said Rohan Singh, a resident.

                Another resident, Sunny, said, "The civic body has issued a tender to construct a wall at the end of V-10 road that will secure the Aravali area from getting encroached. The 200-acre green cover does not have any other access point other than the illegal road which has been paved by the villagers connecting DLF-3. We have approached the high court and the hearing is on January 19."

                The residents also alleged that some people were chopping off the trees and damaging the nearby areas by dumping construction and demolition waste into the open green area adjoining the biodiversity park.

                The guard of the park also said this had taken place. "I have been witnessing violations on a daily basis. People also try to cut through the boundary wires of the park and venture into it. They sometimes try to dump C&D waste. These are all attempts to grab land in the park," said Latika Thukral of IAmGurgaon, which is taking care of the biodiversity park.

                Meanwhile, an MCG official said that they are aware of the issue. "We had received the complaint and it was examined by the civic body. The site was inspected and we had decided to create a wall to block the passage from DLF-3. A tender was also issued regarding this. We will look into the matter," said Hari Om Atri, joint commissioner, MCG.












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                  Why it’s a long wait to register property in Gurugram

                  Rao Jaswant Singh | TNN | Updated: Jan 20, 2021, 07:14 IST

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                  GURUGRAM: Property registrations in the city have been moving at a snail’s pace despite the authorities adopting a fully online process to bring in transparency.

                  In September last year, the Haryana government had introduced a new software to register properties online. The decision was taken after a scam was unearthed at tehsil offices across the state in registration of properties during the lockdown. It was found that of 10,000 registrations done in the city then, 1,200 had been conducted in an illegal manner by local tehsildars in connivance with property dealers.

                  The scam prompted the government to ban all registries on July 22. No properties were registered in the state for 40 days, which led to a huge backlog. Registries resumed on August 31, but the entire system was made online. Though the move made the entire registration system more transparent, it also slowed down the process.

                  Property buyers in the city pointed out that the number of tokens being issued for appointments daily had been restricted to 100, just a third of what it used to be earlier. So, a buyer has to wait for at least two weeks to get an appointment after applying online. And if there are discrepancies in the documents he or she has submitted, the waiting period increases by 15 days more. What has made matters worse is technical glitches in the software.

                  In the past one month, the problem has turned grave particularly at the Wazirabad tehsil, which caters to prime realty hubs, such as Golf Course Road. More than 50% of the city’s registrations are done here.

                  Applicants in Wazirabad said they had to wait at least 15 days to register their properties even after completing all paperwork and paying stamp duty. They pointed out that the 100 appointment tokens that were being issued daily were not just for registries, but also for lease and sale deeds, agreements, wills, gifts and power of attorney-related documents. Since there is no provision to make amendments to documents once a token has been issued, applicants have to wait for at least two weeks and take a fresh appointment.

                  Sources said that on an average, there were around 150-200 applicants waiting to register their properties daily.

                  “Earlier, there was no token system for registration of will or power of attorney. But now, there is,” said Ramesh Singla, president of Gurugram home developers and plot owners’ association. He added that the token system should be removed all the more because “these are emergency services”.

                  Sources said registrations were also getting stuck because of errors in the data of properties, such as a mismatch between the actual location and that on paper, mistakes in calculation of stamp duty, irregularities in the names of landowners and measurement of land, and pending taxes. They pointed out that the number of registrations at the Wazirabad tehsil had come down to 7,400 this year from 20,200 in 2019-20. But the 40-day ban and the lockdown should also be taken into account while considering this decline.

                  Deepak Sharma, a property buyer, said most were not willing to wait 15-20 days after applying for the registrations. “If there is any error in the application, the waiting period increases to one month. Unfortunately, the district administration and revenue department officials have turned a blind eye to the problems being faced by the buyers,” he added.

                  Rajesh Kumar, tehsildar of Wazirabad, said he had written to higher authorities in Chandigarh to resolve the issue. “We are hopeful the problems would be addressed soon,” he added.











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                    Manesar corporation office to be set up at HSIIDC building

                    Vishakha Chaman | TNN | Updated: Jan 21, 2021, 12:50 IST





                    GURUGRAM: The office of the Municipal Corporation of Manesar (MCM) will operate out of the HSIIDC heritage building complex. Officials said the complex is spread over 3,000 sqm and is being redesigned to house all civic departments like engineering, taxation and sanitation, and make it accessible for the differently-abled.

                    To begin with, the corporation will start functioning from just two rooms. “Everything is in the planning stage now. We will provide special facilities for the differently-abled. Besides setting up office space of the working branches of departments like engineering, planning, accounts, and property tax, we are also building citizen facilitation centres so that we can cater to the needs of the people,” said a senior official.

                    The official said the MCM office compound would have lush green spaces and adequate parking area. Since it is located off the highway, the office can easily be accessed by the residents of Manesar and other surrounding areas.

                    Officials associated with the project said the new office would also have a gallery where photos depicting the culture and heritage of the state and Gurugram region would be displayed. Work on establishing the office space would be done on a war-footing, the officials said.

                    “The doors and windows of the building would be repaired and partition walls built to create separate office space of all the departments. There is also an open air theatre on the premises, which will be put to use. However, we are going to start with two rooms that are being readied now,” said another MCM official.

                    As many as 24 villages, which have now come under the jurisdiction of MCM and the Gurugram municipal corporation, have submitted their records to the respective civic bodies.

                    Repeated calls to the commissioner of both the Manesar and Gurugram corporations, Vinay Pratap Singh, went unanswered.








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                      Haryana panel orders survey of 'illegal' Aravali farmhouses

                      The commission has also asked managing director of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), Panchkula to conduct a survey of the Aravali area, specifically these 60 farmhouses, and furnish complete details of the electricity connections provided in the area.
                      CHANDIGARH: Haryana state information commission has ordered the principal secretaries of the town and country planning and the forest and wildlife departments to conduct a survey of the Aravali area, especially of the 60 farmhouses constructed in alleged violation of rules, and also document the action taken by the state government.

                      The commission has also asked managing director of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), Panchkula to conduct a survey of the Aravali area, specifically these 60 farmhouses, and furnish complete details of the electricity connections provided in the area.

                      The commission passed the order on January 15 on hearing an appeal filed by senior Haryana bureaucrat Ashok Khemka.

                      The order said, “The commission recommends that the principal secretary, Haryana town and country planning department, Chandigarh; principal secretary, forest and wildlife department conduct a survey of the Aravali area —specifically the 60 farm houses (details of which has been provided by the appellant) and furnish complete details of all illegal constructions in the area...”

                      Submit report on ‘illegal’ farmhouses in month: Panel

                      This is to be done, according to the commission order, “so that the public can access the facts about the encroachers of the Aravali land under Section 4 and 5 of Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900, which has been constructed without taking the CLU from the town country planning department and also to take the action against these farm houses as per law.” Passing the order in exercise of its powers conferred under Section 25(5) of the RTI Act, 2005, the information commission asked both the departments to complete the exercise preferably within one month and submit the report to it.

                      In its detailed order asking the departments of town and country planning and UHBVN, the SIC observed that the Haryana minister’s reply in the Vidhan Sabha clearly acknowledges that there are 60 ‘illegal’ farm houses in the Aravalli region under discussion. “However, the public authority blatantly denies any knowledge of these encroachments, willfully contradicting the minister’s reply in the Vidhan Sabha. The RTI Act not only gives freedom to the citizens of India to access information but is also a tool to ensure transparency and accountability of public servants. The commission frowns upon this shameless disregard for accountability and the deliberate attempt to keep conceal/misrepresent facts,” observed the commission.

                      Khemka, through an RTI application dated February 28, 2020 had sought information from additional chief secretary, Haryana urban local bodies department, about the names of owners of the 60 farm houses in the Aravalis in Faridabad and Gurugram districts.

                      His application was in reference to a reply given by state forest minister Kanwar Pal Singh in the state assembly responding to a starred question by BJP MLA Seema Trikha (Badkhal) on February 27, 2020 about illegal construction in the Aravalis that 50 farm houses had been built in Faridabad and 10 farm houses in Gurugram. He also replied in negative to another part of this question that had asked whether the owners of these farm houses had taken any permission/clearance from the government.

                      The state public information officer (SPIO) of the urban local bodies department transferred the RTI application to the SPIO, office of director, town and country planning department on March 6, 2020. The RTI application was then forwarded to the SPIOcum-district town planner (enforcement), Gurugram on May 11, 2020. The third SPIO has not provided the requisite information till date.

                      The first appeal was made on August 31, 2020 but the first appellate authority too did not respond. In his appeal before the SCI, Khemka argued that by not supplying the information, the department was trying to protect the owners of illegally-constructed farm houses in an eco-fragile region.

                      He requested the SIC to direct the SPIO to furnish complete information at the earliest and action as per provisions of the RTI Act.

                      After hearing Khemka’s appeal, the SIC on December 8, 2020 had directed the SPIOscum-DTP (enforcement) of Gurgaon and Faridabad to furnish complete information within one week.

                      However, when the matter came up for hearing before the SIC on January 15, Khemka told the SIC that the information provided by the SPIO was designed to mislead, delay and obfuscate. He urged the SIC to direct the SPIO to furnish complete details and to take action for delay in providing the information.

                      The matter has now been adjourned for March 10 for next hearing.










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