DTCP preparing list of errant Gurugram builders
Gurugram: To prevent a situation wherein the builders who have defaulted the payment of external development charges (EDC), the department of town and country planning has begun the process of making a note of these builders. Significant information that includes details of Aadhar and PAN card, passport are being obtained to prevent any eventualities.
Recently, it was revealed that in just year that is from March 2017 to March 2018, the pending External Development Charges have increased from Rs 13,855 crore to Rs 15,250 crore.
Moreover, in the four years of Chief Minister ML Khattar's government, the pending EDC dues have increased by Rs 6,198 crore.
70 per cent of the builders who are defaulters have their projects in Gurugram.
Most of the new projects in Gurugram lack proper roads, power connections, and sewage facilities.
The main reason cited for the lack of social infrastructure is the huge EDC amount that is unaccounted for.
Taking strict stance, the Punjab and Haryana high court had directed the state government to make builders pay the pending amount so that it can be used for the welfare of the homebuyers.
Subsequently, the Haryana Government has created various leeways for the builders to pay the amount. Yet, it seems that the move has not succeeded.
However, the builders have shied away in the amount in providing proper roads, sewage and providing other key maintenance services.
Most of the builders have also cited as being under heavy debt and thereby not being able to utilise the amount
Various resident groups have been protesting for long over the huge charges being levied. Yet, no services being provided in return.
"Most of the builders in their heydays were in a position to charge exorbitant charges from the buyer and not be transparent in their dealings. Because they feel they could get away they used in some other activities and today many of us buyers are suffering," said Ranjith Rai, a city resident who resides in Sector -85.
"Not only should have the private builders but also the role of the government be fixed in this issue," he further added.
"We have been raising this issue for a long time and we have been able to keep this issue relevant because of the persistence of homebuyers, who want to know how their money has been spent. Those who have cheated the homebuyers on of selling them their dream homes should be brought to book," said Rashmi Seth a city resident.