Is that home on Dwarka Expressway a good idea?
Is that home on Dwarka Expressway a good idea?
Anil Manchanda
Is that home on Dwarka Expressway a good idea?

Is that home on Dwarka Expressway a good idea?

The Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD) of Gurgaon has always drawn flak for allowing private developers to construct societies without even basic infrastructure and facilities in mind.

Case in point: Residential societies in Sector 101 and along the Dwarka Expressway. Lack of planning in the areas could prove costly for thousands of homebuyers in the area.

The residential and commercial multistorey buildings coming up on Dwarka expressway will probably not be receiving proper drinking water connection even in the near future. The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) does not have any land to instal main pipelines from the nearest water treatment plant at Basai.

Confirming this, a junior engineer of HUDA, Satya Veer, informed, that the land adjacent to Basai water treatment plant had been purchased by a private builder.

The land was registered to builders during the tenure of Bhupindar Singh Hooda, former Chief Minister of Haryana. Since then, HUDA has approached the builder several times to negotiate on this matter but the builder obtained a stay order from Punjab and Haryana High Court.

“It was TCPD's mistake," said Veer. "The department allowed registry of land without considering common land for infrastructural development. We are negotiating with the private builder and hopeful of getting a positive response soon.” 

The 18-km-long Dwarka expressway was laid out as per the Gurgaon-Maneser Master Plan of 2031. The Plan included a provision to build a water boosting station on the expressway, which would connect Basai water treatment plant to societies located on the expressway. Water pipelines were also planned to expand to adjoining villages.

When contacted by City Spidey, HUDA Administrator Yash Pal said, that in case of such a situation, there was a provision under the HUDA Act to adequately compensate the land owner, which was the private builder in this case, and acquire land from him for basic infrastructural development in the larger interest of residents.

“We are committed to provide basic infrastructures to all sectors coming up on Dwarka Expressway,” added Pal.

The construction of Dwarka Expressway started in April 1, 2011, with completion due on March 31, 2012. Foreseeing great scope in developing sub-urban areas near Gurgaon, private developers bought a large number of plots for residential and commercial development. The expressway, however, is yet to be completed due to legal hurdles at three to four stretches. 

Real estate expert Sanjay Kumar said that several homebuyers had invested in these projects. "HUDA's lack of foresight in planning the Dwarka Expressway could really hurt homebuyers here," he added.