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Bhupinder Singh Hooda always went the extra mile to help builders' lobby
A few years back, shockingly, the Haryana government had issued notices under section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act for acquiring 1412 acres of land on Golf Course Road, Gurugram. When the panicky farmers sold their land to builders at throwaway prices, the land was released and licences for colonisation granted and in the process, the builders made billions at the cost of poor farmers.

Normally it takes three to four months in clearance of a file for grant of licence for colonisation as the file goes to Chief Minister after getting clearance from different authorities.
But things moved at jet speed in this case and documents in possession of 'Merinews" reveal that this particular file was cleared within a single day on 26th May, 2010.

However, DS Dhesi, presently Chief Secretary in the Haryana government did not respond to the query raised by Merinews sent to him via email in this regard.

After processing the file, District Town and Country Planner, Gurugram, had sent the file over to the office of Director of Town and Country Planning at the Chandigarh head office.

At the head office the file was cleared by JS Redhu, Chief Town Planner on 26th May, 2010 who that very day sent it to Director TC Gupta who also cleared the file that very day. The Director then forwarded the file to DS Dhesi, Financial Commissioner, Town and Country Planning, who too approved the proposal on the same day and sent the file to Chatar Singh, Personal Secretary to Chief Minister, BS Hooda. After Chatar singh placed the file before the Chief Minister on May 26, 2010, Hooda as per the convention verbally cleared the file without even waiting for another day thereby paving the way for issuing of the licence for colonisation.

After taking rounds of three offices in Chandigarh situated about five kilometres apart, the file arrived and came back as approved on the same day, something which doesn't even happen in Bollywood films.

This gives rise to speculations that all the four characters in the above episode namely, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, TC Gupta, Chatar Singh and DS Dhesi had acted in connivance to unduly favour the powerful builder overlooking the rules and procedures.

The million dollar question being asked in political, media and official circles is that what was the necessity for showing such haste? It is interesting to mention here that the above said land is part of the 1412 acres of land which is under CBI probe over Supreme Court's order. CBI has already seized relevant records from the Chandigarh office of the Director Town and Country Planning, Haryana. The agency has set up its camp office in Gurugram to probe the role of District Town and Country Planning officers, Gurugram. As many as sixty-six officers posted in the office during the time of issuing of notices and release of land are under scanner of the agency.

Furthermore, the file Merinews has access to, has made some shocking revelations.

The file says that the layout plan is yet to be submitted by the applicant, and the same shall be demanded in the Letter of Intent. Moreover, an area of about eight acres in the site under question falls under the area earmarked for college and ESS as part of external development work of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). As per the present practice such areas are not considered for grant of licence. However, in this case the rule for grant of licence was completely ignored.

The noting on the file says that as per a report of Kanungo, an area of 129 acres is under acquisition proceedings for which a notification under section 4 stands issued on 2nd June, 2009 and the notification under section 6 is yet to be issued. In case a decision is taken for grant of licence in the present case, the said 129 acre area shall have to be exempted from the section 6 notification.

Rajiv Jain, media adviser to Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar also did not responded to the query sent by Merinews on whether the government was planning any action in the matter.

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