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EC nod removes Haryana plan hurdle

Comments Off on EC nod removes Haryana plan hurdle   |   March 15, 2014    04:12pm   |Contributed by manoja

NEW DELHI: Now it’s a matter of days for Haryana to get its sub-regional plan approved, a move that will bring land licensing back on track in districts including Gurgaon, Faridabad and Sonipat. The Election Commission has given the nod to NCR Planning Board to hold a meeting to consider passage of the revised plan.

The NCRPB secretariat had sought EC’s clearance despite Delhi and UP governments expressing reservations on the urgency of the meeting when the poll code is in force. Confirming the EC nod, a senior government official said the meeting’s date is yet to be decided. TOI could not independently verify whether the board’s secretariat had submitted observations of Delhi and UP while seeking the permission.

Earlier the Prime Minister’s Office had asked the urban development ministry not to clear the state plan until observations of environment and forest ministry (MoEF) were addressed.

Even MoEF had recently sent a letter to NCRPB asking it to safeguard the green provisions since the revised regional plan proposes allowing tourism in conservation zones and construction beyond 0.5% of the land. These are among the new amendments in the regional plan.

However, sources said NCRPB secretariat will now only respond to the MoEF before notifying the regional plan. “We had rounds of meetings on the regional plan and Haryana’s sub-regional plan. They never sent any observation and even their representatives hardly attended any meeting. Now when the plan has been passed by the board they have woken up,” said a source.

Environment activists have been raising their voice against Haryana’s push to open green areas for commercial activities under the guise of tourism. The state government is also under pressure from the real estate lobby since licences for property development have been held back due to an order by Punjab and Haryana high court.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/EC-nod-removes-Haryana-plan-hurdle/articleshow/31915246.cms

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