NEW DELHI: The highways ministry has turned down the proposal of shifting Kherki Dhaula toll plaza on the Gurgaon expressway, but has supported only removal of the 32-lane plaza, which is the biggest traffic bottleneck on this stretch.
In response to a communication from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) that proposed three options, including shifting both the toll plazas to Bilaspur, the ministry has reportedly pointed out that Bilaspur falls outside the ambit of the Gurgaon expressway project. While, there is a different developer managing the Gurgaon-Jaipur section of NH-8, and Bilaspur falls on that corridor. “So the proposal to shift two tolling points to another project stretch will be controversial, and there will be fresh contractual issues. The best option would be doing away with the 32-lane plaza,” said a ministry source.
Both NHAI and the ministry agree that removing the 32-lane plaza can be done under “political force majeure event” since the Haryana government has been pleading to make the stretch toll free. In that case, Haryana would make the termination payment, which is pegged at around Rs 300 crore. The new operator can then be allowed to collect toll only at Kherki Dhaula.
The ministry has also emphasized that the priority for NHAI should be to push for termination of the contract with the present concessionaire since it has failed to meet the commitments it had earlier agreed before the Delhi High Court. If the HC, which is hearing a case on termination, orders in favour of this, the project financiers â€” led by Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) â€” would face a huge loss.
The HC is likely to resume hearing on termination issue in end-June.
They once owned the land where swanky highrises have come up in this corporate hub adjoining the national capital. Injudicious use of the money they earned from developers has now seen many of them working as security guards in those very buildings.
“Illiterate or less-educated farmers are now working as private security guards or driving autos to earn their livelihood,” said Omprakash Yadav, president of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti farmers’ organization.
“I got more than Rs.2 crore by selling nearly three acres of agricultural land at Sihi village, now Sector 83-84. I purchased six acres in a village in Mahendergarh district, built up a ‘kothi’ (bungalow) and bought a SUV,” Kanwar Yadav, 48, said.
“I never thought that money would finish one day. I had to sell my SUV after one and a half years. Now I am working as a private security guard in a building on my own land,” he added.
His story is similar to that of many farmers who once owned land on the stretch between Gurgaon and Manesar. About 90 percent of the farmers from these villages sold their agricultural land to private builders either out of fear or willingness or greed.
Mahesh Yadav, 34, quit his job as a Haryana Police constable a few years ago when he received more than Rs 1.5 crore by selling land. “He used to celebrate and give parties on the birthdays of his family members. Once he organized a party to celebrate the birthday of his pet. He drove a Mahindra Scorpio for two years. Now, he works as the driver of a private vehicle,” said an elderly resident of Sikanderpur village.
Mahender Singh, 50, received close to Rs 4 crore by selling nearly five acres of land in July 2008. After buying 10 acres of cultivable land in a village near Dharuhera in the adjoining Rewari district, he bought a Mitsubishi Pajero. After 18 months he replaced it with a Tata Safari that he sold in early 2012 and now drives a Maruti Swift.
“My seven-member family survives on the little rent that comes from my plot in Gurgaon city. I had never thought it would come to this,” Mahender Singh said.
Ramesh, 38, has a similar story. After getting nearly Rs.80 lakh in 2006, he purchased some agriculture land in Rewari district, opened a hardware store and bought a Hyundai Santro car. By 2011, he closed the store, sold the Santro, and now he drives a three-wheeler of his own.
Omprakash, 40, of Rampura village now works as the assistant of a sub-contractor, building flats on the land in Sector 82 that includes five acres that were once his.
“I had an emotional attachment with my land, but I sold it because there was a strong rumour that the government would acquire it,” Omprakash said.
“Many of the semi-illiterate farmers and their families, in the absence of proper guidance and experience, got into the habit of overspending without generating proper sources of regular income,” Anurag Bakshi, a former Indian Revenue service (IRS) officer, said.
“They insisted on buying costly cars and building a bigger house than their neighbours’. There would be competitions in hosting lunches to which hundreds of villages were invited. They spent blindly on their marriage ceremonies,” Bakshi added.
And one day, the money just ran out, leaving them high and dry.
GURGAON: Policy making in Haryana has its emotional highs and lows. First there’s the euphoria and the drum-beating, when a scheme or a new policy is introduced. Then, some years later, a sense of dejection sets in, with the new project trudging towards its inevitable failure.
Back in 2006, when the special economic zone (SEZ) policy was introduced here, as usual, in glowing terms – ‘ to promote and establish large self-contained industrial townships;’ ‘internationally competitive;’ ‘hassle free;’ ‘securing large dividends;’ – everyone in the office shared in the excitement. While today, when out of 52 approved SEZs only three are operational and as many as 29 de-notified, the mood has gone sour, and the rhetoric has turned downbeat.
Out of the 52 approved SEZs in Haryana, only three managed to begin operations as of June 2012, according to government of India figures. Contrary to all the grand expectations, the only thing grand about these special economic ventures has turned out be the magnitude of the fiasco.
Reports of disputes between developers and the state government over SEZs – especially so in Gurgaon – are common enough. And most recently, as a last ditch effort to salvage the SEZ-scene of the state, the government has decided to start issuing industrial colony licenses to SEZs – enabling developers to make industrial, commercial as well as residential use of SEZ land.
“Industrial colony licenses can be one way to make more investors interested in SEZs, since this has largely turned out to be a failed enterprise,” said a senior state official. Except in this case, the burden of failure is being shared with the private sector. Builders and developers who rushed forward to get their share of the SEZ pie half a decade ago, had no idea how badly this was going to singe them.
And today, as the official said, investors are seen ‘running away’ at the mere mention of the three letters. According to the additional director of the industry department, R C Dhara, there is an external reason that explains why SEZs have not worked. “There’s a meltdown in the IT sector. And almost all the SEZs in the state were being prepared for IT players,” he told TOI over the phone from Chandigarh.
The infrastructure is in place and so is the money, and still no takers for the SEZs. “The developers are not able to get clients for these properties. And most builders told us that they wanted industrial licenses. So we have decided to grant these in order to make the existing SEZs financial viable to some extent,” Dhara said.
So in effect, this is one attempt on the part of the state government to prevent the existing SEZs from becoming liabilities, and give the whole thing one more shot. Dhara emphasized the phrase ‘existing SEZs’ for a reason, and this has to do with the future of SEZs in Haryana. A disappointing seven-year run has made this much certain – no new ventures and no expansion schemes for SEZs for at least a very long time to come. “Those trying to handle the old ones are running away, why would we introduce new SEZs then?” was the rhetorical question that he asked in response to the question that everyone today is asking – ‘what now for the SEZs?’
GURGAON: It was tough time for commuters heading towards Delhi on Wednesday afternoon on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway. Long traffic jam was witnessed at the 32-lane toll plaza with vehicles lining up all over the road.
It took about 15-20 minutes to clear the toll plaza with vehicles moving bumper-to-bumper. A commuter informed TOI that there was a huge rush of vehicles between 2pm and 3pm.
The vehicles zooming from extreme left to the extreme right lane to take a U-turn have also been causing congestion at the plaza,” said a private guard.
Though earlier the traffic police officers had been forcibly opening the toll gates in the event of long snarls, they did not resort to such measures on Wednesday.
On their part, a spokesperson of the concessionaire said that there might be more vehicles for that moment of time but no major jam was reported on Wednesday.
He also said that after the court order, the gates are opened in case of traffic jam.
May 15, 2013, 08.00AM IST
गढ़ी और साढराणा में विकसित हो रही अवैध कॉलोनियां
साढराणा में 25 मकान तैयार, बिजली निगम ने दिया कनेक्शन
एनबीटी न्यूज॥ गुड़गांव
टाउन एंड कंट्री प्लानिंग डिपार्टमेंट के डिस्ट्रिक्ट टाउन प्लैनर (ई) विंग ने गांव गढ़ी व साढराणा में अवैध कॉलोनियों के खिलाफ अभियान चलाया। इसके तहत 5 निर्माणाधीन मकानों को मलबे में तब्दील कर दिया गया। इस दौरान हलका विरोध हुआ, लेकिन पुलिस फोर्स की मौजूदगी की वजह से पनप नहीं सका। मामले में खास बात यह है कि गांव साढराणा में करीब 25 मकान बनकर तैयार हो चुके हैं, जिन्हें बिजली निगम की तरफ से कनेक्शन भी दे दिया है। लोगों ने यहां रहना भी शुरू कर दिया है।
डीटीपी (ई) अनिल डबास की अगुवाई में तोड़फोड़ टीम पहले गांव गढ़ी में पहुंचीं। यहां 8 एकड़ में अवैध कॉलोनी को विकसित किया जा रहा था। 2 मकानों का निर्माण कार्य भी शुरू कर दिया गया है। जेसीबी की मदद से इन मकानांे को मलबे में तब्दील कर दिया गया। इसके बाद यह टीम गांव साढराणा पहुंची। यहां करीब 25 मकान बनकर तैयार हो चुके थे, जिसमें लोगांे ने रहना भी शुरू कर दिया था। बिजली निगम की तरफ से बिजली के पोल गाड़कर इन अवैध मकानों को बिजली का कनेक्शन भी रिलीज कर दिया गया था।
इस दौरान पाया गया कि कॉलोनी में 2 और मकानों का निर्माण कार्य किया जा रहा था। पहले टीम ने निर्माण कार्य को रुकवाया और बाद में जेसीबी की मदद से इसे मलबे मंे तब्दील कर दिया। इस दौरान मकान ओनर ने हलका विरोध किया, लेकिन पुलिस बल की मौजूदगी की वजह से तोड़फोड़ नहीं रुकी। यह कॉलोनी करीब 10 एकड़ में विकसित की जा रही थी। इस दौरान ड्यूटी मैजिस्ट्रेट के रूप में तहसीलदार रमेश सिंगला मौजूद थे। इसके अलावा एटीपी अमित मधोलिया, जूनियर इंजीनियर मांगेराम, तकदीर सिंह आदि मौजूद थे।
क्या कहते हैं डीटीपी (ई)
डीटीपी (ई) अनिल डबास ने बताया कि दो कॉलोनियों में तोड़फोड़ अभियान चलाया गया था। एक कॉलोनी में तो बिजली निगम ने पोल गाड़कर कनेक्शन भी दे दिए हैं। उनके अनुसार इस मामले से डिप्टी कमिश्नर व अपने डिपार्टमेंट के आला अधिकारियों को अवगत करवाया जाएगा।
The residents of Exclusive Floors in DLF City Phase 5 clashed with the police on Tuesday, protesting the demolition of the main security barrier and the guard’s room in the complex.
The irate residents said the demolition was carried out by “goons” of Lancer International School in connivance with the Gurgaon police and the staff of the district town planner’s (DTP) office.
“The school has been trying to encroach upon our space for long. Since the school authorities have flexed their political muscle, the administration is supporting it too,” said Vijendra Singh, the secretary of the residents’ welfare association (RWA).
Functionaries of the RWA and the residents said that no official order for the demolition was served to them though the DTP staff supervised the demolition carried out by the “bouncers” of the school.
Local councillor Mahesh Daima said: “Residents have been subjected to the ‘dadagiri’ of the school owner and no one has come to their aid.”
Joginder Mann, the owner of the school, however, denied the allegations. “Our staff was inside the school and we had nothing to do with it. The demolition had the legal mandate of the court. I have suffered losses worth crores of rupees as the RWA refused to give me way through the colony,” he claimed.
“We were shown an old court order of 2011. According to that too, the demolition is illegal,” said another member of the RWA.
On the other hand, Gaurav Phogat, station house officer at the Sushant Lok police station, said, “I went to the spot as the police personnel there called me up saying that the residents were angry and needed to be reined in.”
GURGAON: Residents of Exclusive Floor at DLF Phase V protested against uninformed demolition of the main gate by HUDA officials.
The residents claimed that one of the school gates open in the colony and serves as a fire exit. The gate was sometimes used to allow specific vehicles inside the school, but the RWA and other resident never raised any objection. The residents and members of RWA came out on the streets shouting slogans against police and HUDA. It was only when SHO of local police station reached the spot that the protest was called off. Police have urged the residents to give a written complaint in the matter. “The HUDA officials allegedly carried out the demolition without any prior notice. The area is under MCG,” said R S Rathi, president of Gurgaon Citizen’s council.
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN) on Monday finally approved a proposal to put wires underground along Sohna road.
The approval puts to rest residents’ concerns over safety as 11,000-volt cables run along the 5.5-km stretch at present.
“The chief engineer (CE) of DHBVN approved the proposal on Saturday. It would cost Rs. 30 crore. For the first time, the DHBVN and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) have planned a project together,” said Sanjiv Chopra, superintendent engineer, DHBVN.
He added that the Huda, the custodian authority of Sohna Road, will bear the total cost.
The DHBVN will invite tenders for preparing a detailed project report (DPR).
“The Huda will have to deposit the amount before a tender is floated as per an agreement,” added Chopra.
Till now, the Huda had been blaming the DHBVN for delaying the project. The approved proposal will finally reach the civic body on Monday.
On being asked if the Huda will seek any observation in the R30-crore project, Arun Dhankhar, executive engineer (EE), Huda electrical, said, “We will comment on the matter only after we get the approved proposal from the DHBVN.”
The high-tension wires along Sohna Road witness frequent sparking leading to short-circuits and power cuts.
The cables were laid temporarily to cater to the power needs of the Sohna Road locality, residents say.
After the completion of this project, the Huda may replicate the model — part of beautification of the city under Master Plan 2031 — in other parts of the city.
Though the Haryana Urban Development Authority Master Plan 2012 has provision for an underground cable system but the said stretch was chosen only about two years ago.
Tribune News Service
Fatehabad, May 20
Under attack for “regional bias” in the matter of development by his detractors within the Congress and in the Opposition in the recent days, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said such allegations were false and politically motivated.
Hooda, who laid the foundation stones of various development projects worth Rs 200 crore in Fatehabad, was addressing people in an Abhinandan Samaroh, a meeting organised for facilitating him at the Old Sadar Police Station Ground today.
“When I increased old-age pension from Rs 200 per month to Rs 700 per month, did I give this benefit to a particular district alone? Or when I announced scholarships for 19.70 lakh children in Haryana, was this benefit meant for a particular area?” Hooda asked.
Hooda said he took several pro-people decisions after coming to power in 2005. Steps such as scrapping of black laws that allowed banks to put farmers in jails for non-payment of loans were implemented across the state, he said. Castigating his detractors, Hooda claimed that they spoke different things in different districts.
While they are in the rest of Haryana, they alleged that the government was giving more importance to Rohtak, but when they went there, they told people that despite being the CM’s district, their area lacked in development, he alleged.
Without directly naming, but in obvious reference to INLD leader Om Prakash Chautala and his sons, Hooda said the problem with these leaders was that though Haryana was witnessing development, their own development had stopped ever since they were voted out of power in 2005.
Giving figures with respect to money spent on Fatehabad, Hooda claimed that Chautalas spent Rs 477.01 crore on development activities in the district during their regime from 1999 to 2005.
In contrast, his government, he said, had already spent Rs 3470.87 crore since he had taken over the reins of power in 2005. Referring to OP Chautala and Ajay Singh Chautala’s sentence in the JBT teachers’ recruitment scam, Hooda said the INLD leaders did not utter a word when the Supreme Court asked the CBI to probe this matter in 2002. Nor did they said anything when the CBI registered a criminal case against Chautala and his son in 2004, though on both these occasions, he was the CM and the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government supported by him was at the helm at the centre.
Now, when a Delhi court has sentenced them to 10-year imprisonment finding them guilty of the offence, they have started accusing me of implicating them, he said. Had I any intention of sending them to jail, I would not have waited for eight years, he added.
Hooda said he never believed in the politics of retribution and always believed in development.
Hooda today inaugurated a canal water-based waterworks, sewage treatment plant, an additional building of the mini-secretariat and a 33-KV power substation in Fatehabad. He also laid the foundation stone of a car parking and a park to be made on the land of Chilli Lake in Fatehabad town.
Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar, Agriculture Minister Paramvir Singh, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Prahlad Singh Gillankhera, Ratia MLA Jarnail Singh and CM’s Political Advisor Prof Virender also addressed people.
May 21, 2013, 08.00AM IST
एनबीटी न्यूज ॥ गुड़गांव
भीषण गर्मी में आए दिन पानी की किल्लत से परेशान डीएलएफ फेज 3 के निवासियों ने डीएलएफ मैनेजमेंट के खिलाफ घंटों प्रदर्शन किया। इतना ही नहीं गुस्साए लोगों ने मौलेश्री रोड पर जाम लगा दिया। करीब ढाई घंटे तक जाम लगने से रोड के दोनों वाहनों की लंबी लाइन लग गई। इससे तपती धूप में लोगों को काफी परेशानियों का सामना करना पड़ा। जाम की सूचना मिलते ही डीएलएफ फेज 2 थाने के एसएचओ विकास कौशिक दल बल के साथ मौके पर पहुंचे। उन्होंने सड़क से लोगों को हटने का अनुरोध किया, लेकिन लोग टस से मस नहीं हुए। इसके बाद इसकी सूचना हूडा अधिकारियों को दी गई। हूडा अधिकारियों ने भरोसा दिलाया कि वह इस बाबत डीएलएफ मैनेजमेंट से बात करेंगे और उनकी समस्याएं हल कराएंगे। इसके बाद ही लोगों ने सड़क जाम खोला।
डीएलएफ फेज 3 आरडब्ल्यूए के प्रेजिडेंट योगेंद्र यादव ने बताया कि डीएलएफ फेज 3 की आबादी लगभग 10 से 12 हजार है। लोग बेहतर सुविधाओं के लिए डीएलएफ को मेंटिनेंस चार्ज देते हैं। इसके बाद भी उन्हें सुविधाएं नहीं दी जा रही हैं। उनका कहना है कि यहां रहने वाले लोग पिछले 2 महीने से पानी की किल्लत झेल रहे हैं। कभी पानी आता है, तो कभी नहीं आता है। जिस दिन हूडा से सप्लाई आती है, उस दिन तो पानी मिल जाता है। जिस दिन हूडा से सप्लाई नहीं आती उस दिन यहां पानी नसीब नहीं होता। अगर मैनेजमेंट पहले से पानी स्टोर करने की व्यवस्था की होती तो पानी की इतनी किल्लत नहीं होती। मैनेजमेंट ने एक – दो स्थानों पर पानी स्टोर करने के लिए स्टोरेज टैंक बनाया है, लेकिन उसकी क्षमता काफी कम है। बार-बार मैनेजमेंट से क्षमता बढ़ाने के लिए कहा जाता है, लेकिन उनकी बातों पर कोई ध्यान हीं नहीं दिया जाता है। इन परेशानियों की वजह से ही यहां के लोगों को मजबूरी में सड़क पर उतरना पड़ा। करीब 150 से 200 लोगों ने प्रदर्शन कर अपने नाराजगी जताई। 9 बजे से लेकर 11.30 बजे तक मौलेश्री रोड पर जाम लगाया गया।
जाम की सूचना मिलने पर डीएलएफ फेज 2 के एसएचओ विकास कौशिक मौके पर पहुंचे। उन्होंने लोगों से रोड से जाम हटाने का अनुरोध किया। बात नहीं बनने पर उन्होंने इसकी जानकारी हूडा अधिकारियों को दी। इसके बाद हूडा अधिकारियों ने लोगों से बात की और उन्हें भरोसा दिलाया कि इस संबंध में डीएलएफ मैनेजमेंट से भी बात की जाएगी और पर्याप्त स्टोरेज क्षमता के लिए कहा जाएगा। समस्या दूर करने का भरोसा दिलाने के बाद लोगों ने जाम खोल दिया।
इस संबंध में डीएलएफ मैनेजमेंट से बात करने की कोशिश की गई, लेकिन संबंधित अधिकारी ने कोई जवाब नहीं दिया। उधर, हूडा के डिविजन 3 के इग्जेक्युटिव इंजीनियर करतार सिंह का कहना है कि डीएलएफ फेज 3 के लोग उनसे मिले और अपनी समस्याएं बताईं। उनका कहना है कि डीएलएफ फेज 3 में जिस लाइन से सप्लाई दी जा रही है, वह लाइनें फट गई थीं। जिससे वहां के लोगों को समस्या हो रही थी। अब उस लाइन को ठीक कर दिया गया है। इसके अलावा डीएलएफ फेज 3 में जाने वाली लाइन अगर किसी जगह ऊंचाई पर है, तो उसे लेवल में किया जाएगा। इससे उस एरिया में पानी की समस्या दूर हो जाएगी।