The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram took the decision to make use of the vacant plots in four colonies including Palam Vihar, Sushant Lok 1, South City 1 and Nirvana Country for the purpose of infrastructure projects. This decision is taken as the developers like Unitech and Ansal API didn’t clear the outstanding civic work charges.
The civic body officials said that both these developers have expressed their inability to pay the estimated cost of the pending civic works and thus the Government had to direct the civic body to take over the colonies on as is where basis. The MCG has already commenced the civic work in these colonies.
Hari Om Attar, district revenue officer, MCG said that the land assets in all these colonies are transferred to the local civic body and the land parcel will be used to develop various infrastructural projects like a bus shelter and more. He also informed that a list of vacant plots in all these colonies is already prepared.
Earlier the civic body has planned to sell these assets in order to generate revenue but then revoked the decision to utilize them for the developmental purpose. The sanctioned civic works costs for South City 1 is Rs. 17.75 crore and Rs. 11.76 crore for the Nirvana Country. Similarly, the approximate cost for the Palam Vihar is Rs. 19.32 crore. Apart from this, the detailed project report for infra upgrade and maintenance cost is approximately Rs. 68 crore.
But, the takeover won’t stand legal until the entire cost is recovered and the sources said that in the present situation the civic body is likely to bear the burden of pending civic works. However, this burden will ease with the increasing number of takeovers.
A senior MCG official said that the takeover procedure of five more colonies are underway and the civic body is not likely to continue the civic work before the receival of payment and thus the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon might have to auction some of the properties.
The takeover procedure had begun in February 2017 but it got delayed due to the differences in issues between the Department of Town and Country Planning and the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram.