Tribune News Service
Gurugram, June 18
In what has left over 2.5 lakh residents elated, as many as 75 unauthorised colonies in Gurugram will be regularised by the state government.
These are part of the list of 1,200 colonies in the state, the regularisation of whichwas announced by CM Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday.
The residents of these colonies will have access to basic amenities such as water, electricity, sewer system and proper roads, etc to be maintained by the Gurugram Municipal Corporation.
A majority of these colonies were developed 20 years ago and had ever since been seeking regularisation. It was under a state scheme that they applied for it, justifying the stake with the number of years of establishment or people residing in them.
Pay taxes for amenities, residents told
The colony residents don’t want to pay water or property tax. In such a scenario, it won’t be possible to give them the infrastructure. They will also have to clear the dues to claim the amenities. —Senior MC Official
The move will smoothen the lives of over 2.5 lakh residents living in colonies, including New Palam Vihar Phase I, Devansh Nagar-Bhondsi, SR Green City, Kherli Lala, Lotus Celebration City, Ryan Enclave-Bhondsi and NKV Residency, Sector 72, etc.
“The colonies were asked to update their infrastructural gaps along with other information on the state government portal and after analysing the facts, they were regularised,” said Sanjeev Mann, senior town planner.
The MC, however, has emphasised that the facilities would only be provided if the residents pay taxes. “The colony residents here don’t want to pay water or property tax. In such a scenario, it will not be possible to give them the infrastructure. They will also have to clear the pending dues to claim the amenities,” said a senior MC official.
Meanwhile, local BJP MLA Sudhir Singla said the state government had fulfilled its yet another promise. “These people were waiting for the regularisation of their areas for the past two decades. Finally, we have done it. The move will ensure the provision of facilities at the grassroots level.”
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