TAKING SERIOUS note of the non-utilisation of External Development Charges (EDC) collected from Gurgaon over the years, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday directed the Haryana government to submit year-wise details regarding EDC collection.
The directives came from a division bench comprising Justices S S Saron and Lisa Gill during the resumed hearing of a petition alleging that though the Haryana government authorities had been collecting External Development Charges in the name of development but the money is not being utilised properly for development of the infrastructure.
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The state government counsel informed the court on that there was no separate EDC account before February 2015 and the EDC amount came under HUDA funds. Therefore it was difficult to analyse the exact amount of EDC amount collected, interest earned on it and the EDC amount spent on development. However, it was submitted that EDC collection was around Rs 13,000 crore.
Senior counsel M L Sareen, appearing for the petitioner Society for Urban Regeneration of Gurgaon, argued that the EDC funds collected from Gurgaon have been used for other purposes illegally. Later, Haryana Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan assured the court that the EDC details would be submitted on the next date of hearing, December 20, and submitted that the state government had proposed to make Gurgaon a full-fledged development authority where all departments would come under one roof.