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Gurugram to Get Metropolitan Development Authority

Tinsel town Gurugram (formerly Gurgaon), the basic infrastructure of which has failed to keep pace with its massive growth leading to widespread public unrest, is finally going to have its own Metropolitan Development Authority GMDA.

Haryana Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal on Thursday, approved the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) Ordinance, 2017.

An official press release issued after the cabinet meeting said the ordinance aims at developing vision for the continued, sustained and balanced growth of Gurugram Metropolitan Area by providing for integrated and coordinated planning, infrastructure development and provision of urban amenities, mobility management, sustainable management of urban environment, and social, economic and industrial development.

Gurugram to Get Metropolitan Development Authority, Lifeinchd
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Under the ordinance, the state government may, by notification, declare any area falling within the limits of controlled areas in Gurugram district and the area under any or all of the local authorities like Municipal Corporation, Gurugram; the Municipal Council, Sohna; the Municipal Committees of Pataudi, Farukh Nagar, and Hailey Mandi and any panchayat in Gurugram district insofar as the Abadi Deh of such panchayats is concerned, to be notified area, having the potential for urban expansion.

The Chief Minister will be Chairperson of the Authority. There will also be a Residents Advisory Council to advise the Authority and provide guidance on the exercise of its powers and performance of its functions. The Residents Advisory Council will be presided over by the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority.
The Council will monitor implementation of the annual plan of action and make suitable recommendations, which along with an explanatory memorandum of the action taken or proposed to be taken, will be placed by the Chief Executive Officer before the Authority.

The state government will, within a period of three months of commencement of this Ordinance, on the recommendations of the Chief Administrator of the Haryana Urban Development Authority and the Chief Executive Officer, by notification, publish a transfer scheme providing for the transfer of property, interest in property, rights and liabilities to the Authority.

The cabinet also approved the extension of Metro Rail from Narela in Delhi to Kundli in district Sonepat. The project will be financed by way of grant by the state government and the Central Government in the ratio of 80:20 and implemented on the funding pattern adopted in the case of Gurugram, Faridabad and Bahadurgarh Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Metro extension.

The state government will contribute Rs 968.20 crore as its share in the project. The length of this extension is 4.86 kms with three stations namely, Narela Sector 5, Kundli and Nathupur. All the three stations will be elevated. The Metro extension from Narela to Kundli is proposed to be constructed from April 2018 to March 2022.

In another decision, the cabinet approved the proposal to change the rate of municipal tax in relation to electricity bill in Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils and Municipal Committees from 5 paisa per unit of electricity consumed to 2 per cent of the consumed electricity bill amount.

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