Realtors welcome Aravali plan, activists protest
Feb 26, 2014
Source : The Times of India


DELHI: The proposed easing of the existing construction norms in green zone by the NCR Planning Board have been hailed by realtors and recreational industry players in Gurgaon.

As per the new provision, regional recreational activities will be allowed with a limit on construction of 0.5%, except with the approval of competent authorities under forest and environment laws. The realtors have called it a positive step in the right direction. Managing Director, JMD group, Sunil Bedi said: “The move, if approved, would be a great boost to recreation and tourism projects. It is in interest of everyone to have larger tourism hubs which generate employment and development.”

The board decision on new norms will be announced next month. However, real estate industry insiders claim that the easing of the cap on construction will surge land deals in Faridabad and the Aravali region.

It is not just the real estate players who are heaping praise on the new proposal, but entertainment companies like IAL of the Appu Ghar fame, are excited about the development. IAL director N K Surana said: “Worldwide concepts of mingling tourism and recreational hub have worked well and the latest move would go a long way in reshaping the NCR, with more focus on developing environmentally viable projects.”

The biggest gainer in the deal would be land owners. But the proposed change has not gone down well with environment experts. “I read about it in the newspaper and was shocked. Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the world and removing forest cover will not help the situation. I have moved an RTI to get the documents and minutes of the meeting related to the new proposal,” said Col Sarvadaman Oberoi of Mission Gurgaon Development.

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