DTCP warns Gurugram builders to stop construction again in less than 7 days

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DTCP warns Gurugram builders to stop construction again in less than 7 daysGURUGRAM: The department of town and country planning (DTCP) has sent a second notice, in less than a week, to 118 developers in city, asking them to stop construction activities. DTCP will now conduct inspection of colonies and developers’ sites to enforce directives given by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and fine the violators.

The notices have been issued in view of green court’s order of November 9, prohibiting all construction activities in entire NCR by any person or government authority. But, work on interiors, where no construction material is used, can be carried out. The enforcement wing of DTCP had issued notices to developers on November 10, and now planning wing of department has issued notices to ensure enforcement of the tribunal’s directives.

DTCP warns Gurugram builders to stop construction again in less than 7 days

District town planner (enforcement) Rajendra T Sharma said developers stopped construction activities in most places. “We’re inspecting construction sites and referring some cases to MCG for taking action,” Sharma said, adding that if residents who came across any violations can report to the department for immediate action.

A DTCP official said it was not possible to keep an eye on every nook and corner of district. “So, we urge people to report violations,” he said.

District town planner (planning) RS Batth said along with issuing notice, the department had held meeting of major developers and directed them to strictly abide by NGT directives. “Field officers have been assigned different areas of city to keep continuous watch of construction sites of developers and individual plots in colonies, and file daily reports,” Batth said, adding that field staff has been directed to make random inspection and fine violators.

The penalty has to be paid within five days. Otherwise, department will initiate further action. The violation can also lead to cancellation of licences.

He said department would take serious action against individuals and developers for keeping construction materials in open. “One has to follow NGT directives in totality,” said Batth.

Ramesh Sharma, a resident of Sector 45, said though NGT banned construction activities, but some people were still carrying out the work. “Construction work on individual plots in my locality has not been stopped and construction materials can be seen lying in the open,” said Sharma.