Much to the relief of residents of Gurugram, the Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar has tweeted that a new body known as the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has been set up to provide integrated & coordinated planning for infrastructure in the city. The state cabinet had given its approval for setting up the body in April this year. As per the state government, the new civic body will provide integrated and coordinated planning, infrastructure development and provisions of urban amenities for the city. Chief Minister Khattar will be the chairman of the new body. State ministers who look after town and country planning and urban local bodies, as well as local MPs and MLAs, will be the ex-officio members of the body. The Mayor and Senior Deputy Mayor of the Gurugram Municipal Corporation along with the Chairman of Zila Parishad will also be members of the new authority as per an Indian Express report.
The GMDA will have the power to direct local authorities or the District Magistrate to remove any encroachment or obstruction on city roads. The body will also determine halting stations for public vehicles and determine parking space for motor vehicles. GMDA which will operate grants received from the state government will also have the power to borrow money through loans, bonds or debentures. Apart from this the body will also be eligible to receive development charges from the owners of buildings for external development works and can levy a duty on the transfer of immovable property related to its sale, exchange and gift.
The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority has been set up to provide integrated & coordinated planning for infrastructure in Gurugram.
— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) August 15, 2017
As per the Indian Express, the state government will constitute a panel to review the performance of GMDA after every five years.