GURUGRAM: In a move to check mushrooming of illegal colonies on agricultural land, the department of town and country planning (DTCP) has brought 72 villages of Gurgaon under Section 7A of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975.

As per Section 7A of the Act, registration of the sale deed of a plot having a size of less than 1 acre is not allowed without a no-objection certificate (NOC) from DTCP. The rule has already been mandated across 95 other villages in Gurgaon.

The villages now under the Act’s ambit include Gwalpahari, Bandhwari, Jadaula, Fazalpur Badli, Joniawas, Jatola, Taj Nagar, Sampka, Jamalpur, Khawaspur and Balola, among others. According to DTCP officials, most of these 72 villages are situated in Pataudi and Farrukhnagar. After continuous demolition drives in Badshapur, Sohna and Bhondsi, the developers of illegal colonies had shifted their focus to these villages as they didn’t require NOCs from DTCP for registry of sale deeds of land here until now.

“The amendment is expected to prevent illegal colonies from coming up as well as fraudulent sale and purchase of land to a large extent,” DTCP director KM Pandurang told TOI.

In a letter to Pandurang, district town planner RS Batth had said these villages are vulnerable from the point of unauthorised construction and illegal colonies, and therefore should be brought under the Act.

Batth said, “It was brought to my notice that registrations of sale deeds in urban areas notified under Section 7A were taking place in Gurgaon without NOCs. The details of such registries, gathered by the department, have been sent to the deputy commissioner.”

In September last year, the state government had made it mandatory to obtain an NOC from DTCP for registration of land parcels measuring less than one acre (4,840 sq yards). Earlier, the cap was two kanals (1,200 sq yards), or half an acre. “In Section 7A of the principal Act, for the words ‘lease any agricultural land’ and ‘two kanals’, the words ‘lease or gift any vacant land’ and ‘one acre’ shall respectively be substituted; and ‘vacant land’ shall mean such land wherein either no construction of any nature exists or such construction is in existence which is either uninhabited or not fit for human habitation and stands constructed without following the due course of law,” the government notification had stated.

The move came after several complaints of illegal registries last year. During the lockdown, around 10,000 land registrations had been carried out in Gurgaon. Of these, at least 1,200 land parcels had been registered in an illegal manner after property dealers allegedly connived with local tehsildars.



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