Haryana revises sub-regional plan, but builders must wait for change of land use licences

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CHANDIGARH/GURGAON: There is a ray of hope for real estate projects awaiting change of land use (CLU) licences from the state government. The department of town and country planning on Tuesday submitted a revised sub-regional plan to the NCR Planning Board (NCRPB). The builders, however, will have to wait till the board approves the revised plan.

Last month, the Punjab and Haryana high court had barred the state government from issuing CLU licences to developers or government agencies in NCR because of the same reason.

Earlier, the NCRPB had highlighted loopholes in Haryana’s draft of the sub-regional plan, but the government failed to incorporate the changes. After a rap from the HC, the state government submitted the revised plan on Monday. “We are now waiting for the board’s reply. NCRPB had asked us to add chapters on environment impact and special pockets in the plan. Other objections were technical like the mismatch of data and tables calculated both by the state and the board,” said Anurag Rastogi, director general of DTCP.

As per the HC order, the state still can’t issue CLU licences. “First the sub-regional plan has to be approved by the board. Then the plan for entire NCR has to be notified. This process may take time because Union urban development minister Kamal Nath hasn’t even studied the minutes of the last board meeting yet,” said a source in the ministry.

Moreover, the Delhi government has raised its concerns on the provision of allowing tourism activities in the Aravalis. “Resolution of these issues may even more time,” he added.

On January 23, a division bench of the Punjab and Haryana high court barred the state from issuing new CLUs without mandatory approval of the sub-regional plan from the NCRPB. The bench, headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, was hearing petitions on alleged unregulated construction and development around Gurgaon and other NCR areas in Haryana. During the hearing, the Haryana financial commissioner-cum-principal secretary T C Gupta assured the bench that the state government would get the requisite approval from the NCRPB within two months.

The petitioners had also challenged contents of the proposed Master Plan 2025 and 2031 of Gurgaon-Manesar region.


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