The CEO of GMDA announced today that the civic body had undertaken the responsibility of urban growth in the city.
The Independence Day celebrations at Tau Devi Lal Stadium presided over by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar ended on an optimistic note for Gurgaon residents. The CEO of Gurgaon Metropolitan Development Authority, or GMDA, announced that the civic body had undertaken the responsibility of urban growth in the city.
Speaking about development, the CM said, “From now, Anand Mohan Sharan, principal secretary of Urban Local Bodies [ULB] Haryana will have additional charge as CEO GMDA. Further, V Umashankar, commissioner of MCG, will continue to work as officer on special duty [OSD].”
Earlier in April the state cabinet had approved the GMDA bill, which was later cleared through an ordinance in May.
City Spidey approached MCG commissioner V Umashankar, who is also the architect of the GMDA draft. “It is a new kind of urban governance that looks at coordination among different district agencies to provide infrastructure development, better mobility and a better urban environment,” Umashankar said.
In the past four decades, Gurgaon has expanded to cover 115 sectors, developed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda). The MCG area is 231 sq km, while the GMDA area extends up to 675 sq km, 2 km beyond Kundli Manesar Palwal (KMP).
The chief minister said that several villages feature in GMDA’s urban development plans.
When asked about the financial resources of GMDA, the CM informed, “GMDA will get funds from a corpus and annual sources such as cess on property tax, liquor and stamp duty. It will also get a share from the external development charges.”
Interestingly, officials are trying to minimise clash points between GMD and MCG.