Ten builders have received show-cause notices from the Department of Town and Country Planning for disobeying the terms and conditions in the licenses granted to them for building 12 affordable housing projects in Gurugram. In the notices, district town planner (enforcement) RS Batth said the pace of construction of the projects had been found to be very slow. Moreover, the builders had not obtained the occupation certificates and completion certificates within the validity period of their license, he added.
The projects under the radar are Pyramid Infratech in Sector 86; Aster Infra Homes in Sector 90; Deligris Buildtech in Sector 112; Aar Housing in Sector 31, Sohna; Tulsani Developers in Sector 35, Sohna; Arete India Projects in Sector 6, Sohna; Sunrays Heights in Sector 63A; Shyam Kripa Infrastructure in Sector 109; Revital Reality in Sectors 79 and 79B as well as Pivotal Infrastructure in Sector 99 (two projects). The developers have been directed to appear before the DTP’s office within seven days to submit a response. “They have been asked to bring documents to provide details about the status of construction and timelines,” Batth said.
He added that the builders have violated the license agreement with DTCP. “As per Section 10(1) of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975, any person who contravenes any of the conditions of a license granted under Section 3 is punishable with imprisonment of up to three years and also liable to a fine,” he said.
In the year 2013, the State government introduced a policy that led to the launch of affordable housing projects in Haryana. According to the policy, such contracts should be completed within four years from the date building permissions are granted. However, most of the projects are behind schedule. The DTP informed that the department received several complaints from residents through social media and other platforms. Furthermore, they have taken the grievances into consideration while issuing the notices.
A homebuyer told Times of India that even after nearly four years since the project first began, hardly 50% of the work has been completed. “We have already paid around 90% of the amount to the builder, although we continue to pay our rent as well as instalments against the home loan,” he said.