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Gopal Goyal Kanda in jail in Geetika case,Haryana does his partners a 40-acre favour

Gurgaon draft master plan tweaked to include agriculture land in residential zone.

Written by MUKESH BHARDWAJ | Chandigarh | Published: September 14, 2012 1:39:41 am

On August 29,eleven days after former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda was arrested for his alleged role in the death of MDLR air hostess Geetika Sharma,a state-level committee showed the green light to a draft master plan for the Gurgaon-Manesar belt that was tweaked to include 40 acres of prime land purchased by Kanda’s business partners earlier this year.

Land bought by Sarv Realtors Pvt Ltd — Kanda’s partners Tej Prakash Bansal and Navneet Kumar are its directors — changed zones from agriculture to residential use within three months of purchase.

Two sets of the Draft Development Plan of Gurgaon-Manesar Urban Complex 2031 were prepared on June 7 this year — the first was minus the 40 acres in Sector 68 of Gurgaon while the second took care to include it (see photos).

According to records of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs,Navneet Kumar and Kanda are partners in a firm called King Buildcon Pvt Ltd. Kumar is director while Kanda is the additional director. Bansal and Kanda are additional directors in Witness Construction Pvt Ltd.

Kumar is from Ellenabad in Sirsa,Kanda’s hometown. Bansal is a resident of Gurgaon where Kanda has a house and the office of his MDLR Group.

On March 5,Bansal was appointed director of Sarv Realtors which already had Kumar as director since April 2011. From April 5,Sarv Realtors started appearing in the revenue records of Badshahpur,Gurgaon district,as the company began getting the land registered. The last registration entry for Sarv Realtors was made on June 27.

During this time,Kanda was Minister of State,attached to the Chief Minister,for Home Affairs and held independent charge of the Urban Local Bodies Department.

After 24 acres were registered,Sarv Realtors applied for a housing project to the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon which came under Kanda’s department.

But the corporation,while discussing the company’s application at a meeting on May 17,noted: “Every physical development in Gurgaon is to be regulated in accordance with the proposals of Gurgaon-Manesar Development Plan-2025… the site of the applicant company is located in agriculture zone wherein residential use is not permitted being non-conforming land use. In case permission for such residential activity is felt essential by the government on the above site,then it can be considered/permitted by the competent authority only after incorporating the change in prescribed land use in the development plan as spot zoning change by the Town and Country Planning Department.”

For Sarv Realtors,it was important to get over this land-use hitch if it was to push ahead with its housing project.

So at the same meeting,the corporation suggested a way out. If “the request of the applicant company for declaration of un-built area and preparation of T.P. Scheme is considered and allowed by the Govt.,then the Municipal Corporation,Gurgaon will receive an amount of Rs 9,688.88 lakh on account of various charges/fee.”

On August 29,the State Level Committee met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and directed the Town and Country Planning Department to publish the Draft Development Plan of Gurgaon-Manesar Urban Complex 2031 after carrying out amendments in the official gazette for inviting objections as per law. The committee noted that “some area has been added in Sector 37 D and 68 of residential area”.

When The Indian Express sought his comments,Sarv Realtors’ Navneet Kumar admitted he was part of the company. “Yes,I have the company. But please speak to Tej Bansalji as I do not know anything… only Ashok Sharma,our company secretary,is competent to tell you everything in this regard.”

But Sharma said: “I am only into formation of companies. It is not in my domain to know how these companies conduct their commercial business.” Bansal was not available for comment.

S S Dhillon,Financial Commissioner,Town and Country Planning Department,acknowledged that a new area had been added to Sector 68 but said he had no knowledge who owned that section of the land.

“It is for the revenue department to know. I do not know who owns this part of land. Of course,we have added it as it will facilitate the public. Besides,there was a recommendation from the local municipal corporation to add this part to the residential zone.”

Dhillon said the land in question was not isolated as it abutted a residential area,so permission was granted.

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