GURGAON: In the first consultation meet of city RWAs on the the proposed Gurgaon Development Authority (GDA) Bill, RWA representatives on Sunday suggested changes to some provisions in the draft.
RWA representatives said the current GDA Bill is perfunctory, in which the body appears to be only a coordinating authority without much regulatory power. They said there is need to bring provisions for increased participation of citizens in GDA’s advisory council. “The draft GDA Bill makes it clear that the body is not a development authority, but more of one to coordinate among various departments,” said Abhay Punia of the RWA of Sun City, a township in Sector 54.
Gurgaon Citizens Council president R S Rathee said, “DTCP should be placed under GDA, so that it can locally monitor and control all licensed builders. Also, citizens’ participation in GDA’s advisory council should be transparent, with clear demarcation of roles for MCG and other departments, to avoid confusion. All internal and external development work should be done by GDA.”
The RWA representatives also felt GDA should empower residents more than builders. “Common land from acquired villages should not be given to builders, but used to develop infrastructure and facilities for village residents,” said S C Sharma, ex-president, South City 2 RWA.
Vinod Chopra, RWA vice-president of DLF Qutub Enclave, said, “Builders should be treated as developers. Owners should be stakeholders. The Bill should allow stakeholders to participate more. RWAs should be empowered so that they can maintain their colonies by themselves.”
RWAs also gave recommendations for GDA’s finances. “Corpus created from external development charges (2% of stamp duty) collected by MCG should be transferred to GDA,” said Rathee, adding, “Following the Surat Model, GDA can sell bonds to raise up to 10 times the accumulated EDC amount. They should also include charges collected by MCG to convert residential plots to commercial on roads 24+m wide. For a permanent income source, all land under MCG, Huda and HSIIDC should be transferred to GDA, which should develop commercial and residential property to be given out on rent,” added Rathee.
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