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DTCP takes stern action against illegal colonies

Gurugram: Director of the town and country planning (DTCP), Gurugram, KM Pandurang conducted the second monthly review meeting on unauthorised colonies and constructions.

After the meeting, he stated categorically that no illegal colonies will now be allowed to come up in the city. He rebuked the enforcement wing of the department for its inaction during a visit to areas in Manesar and Gurugram. After his visit, he issued instructions to officials to improve their performance within 15 days or face disciplinary action. He also instructed the senior town planner to be more vigilant and send weekly reports on enforcement, in general, and action was taken in the areas he visited, in particular. District town planner RS Batth said that the meeting was focused on checking encroachments.

The department has been instructed to take strict action against the same, especially in case of complaints.

Earlier, he, along with senior officials of his department and Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), conducted a meeting with professors of IIT Delhi, IIT Roorkee and NIFM, Faridabad, and discussed issues such as the calculation of external development charges. Later, he met officials of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHVBN) to find solutions for problems faced by the department regarding permissions for providing power to licensed colonies, and on augmentation of the power infrastructure. He directed the senior and district town, planners, to work with the DHBVN officials on these issues.

The DTCP recently released a list highlighting the number of demolition drives the enforcement wing has carried out in the last six months. In its report, DTCP revealed that 56 illegal colonies on the outskirts of the city were demolished clearing 224 acres of land. Along with this, the department has filed 25 complaints against developers and landowners for developing illegal colonies.

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