Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority bill would be tabled in the next state assembly session.
Ending the confusion on proposed Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on April 15 said that the bill would be introduced in the next session of the state assembly. Khattar was on a visit to Gurgaon to take stock of delayed road and infrastructure development.
As the GMDA bill could not be introduced in the state assembly, the state government had decided to take the ordinance route to form the authority. This meant that Gurgaon would have had to wait for another 3 months before GMDA became a full-fledged entity.
The GMDA is being considered as an integrated body to take up development issues in the city. It would prepare a development plan and execute it in coordination with other government agencies and departments.
Khattar said that the state government, in principle, has approved GMDA for Gurgaon and to make it functional, a proposal for formulating an Act would be moved in the next Vidhan Sabha session.
“The bill was scheduled to be tabled in the assembly on March 9 but preparations for it were only made a day earlier. A copy of the bill, both in English and Hindi, has to be circulated among all legislators so that it can be debated upon. The English copy was ready but there was no document in Hindi. Other official procedures were also pending,” a senior government official privy to the development said.
MCG commissioner V Umashankar, divisional commissioner Dr. D Suresh, police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar, deputy commissioner Hardeep Singh, HUDA administrator Yashpal Yadav and several officers of HUDA, MCG, PWD (Border and Road) and district administration were present during Khattar’s visit.
“We will bring the ordinance next month and the authority will be functional by the end of May. Some official procedures delayed the introduction of the bill but it will be tabled in the next session of the assembly,” said Rao Narbir Singh, PWD minister.
Earlier, the government had decided to form the authority by tabling the bill in the budget session that ended on March 11. The Haryana assembly had passed 12 bills on March 10, the last day of the budget session.
“Formation of the GMDA is on the right track. The authority will be functional by next month. Other processes for the formation of the authority are underway,” Umashankar said.
On December 21, 2016, the government had renamed the authority GMDA from Gurugram Development Authority.