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Is Haryana Govt working in the interest of builder lobby?
There is nothing common among them. But they were in Chandigarh on Tuesday to pursue the case of Gurugram-based powerful builders lobby. Parveen Jain, President of Real Estate Development Corporation, an umbrella organisation of builders, met Manohar Lal Khattar and apprised him of problems they are facing.

Jain urged Khattar to review the External Development Policy, which according to him is unrealistic and put a heavy burden on developers. 

Gurugram-based activist and crusader against corruption, Harinder Dhingra was also in Chandigarh to pursue his Public Interest Litigation in Punjab and Haryana High Court for giving directions to the state government for recovery of External Development Charges to the tune of Rs.12 thousand crores and Value Added Tax amounting to Rs.10 thousand crores (25% of Haryana budget) payable by the builders to state government.

The above figures according to Dhingra have been given by the government under RTI Act. Due to suspension of work in the court, there was no hearing and case was adjourned to 9th February, 2017.

Earlier, Dhingra had written several times to the Chief Minister for recovery of the money from the builders. They had even held Candle Light March and Bhrashtachar Unmoolan Jagran Aarti to awaken the government.

Shockingly, when Khattar took over the reins of government and declared that he had zero tolerance policy against corruption, Dhingra met him and apprised him about the issue of recovery of E.D.C.

Khattar was happy and assured Dhingra of quick action. But to utter shock of Dhingra after few days, the Haryana cabinet under Khattar decided to recover the money in installments. Further shock for Dhingra is that till date no money had been recovered from the builders. The he had to approach the court.

Interestingly, this money is collected by the builders from those who book flats. News reports about Haryana government giving concessions to builders was prominently published in all leading newspapers. And poor Dhingra who had sent his representation to all newspapers is still waiting for the coverage.

According to Jain, CM Khattar had told them that projects in Gurugram and Faridabad will get provisional NOC from the fire department in next fifteen days. Jain also raised his concern over various old laws.

The Haryana government had no time to listen to the grievances of thousands of home buyers who are running from pillar to post for years for getting possession of their flats despite making 90 per cent payment, but it has accepted major demands by builders. 

Gurugram-based builder lobby is very powerful. A real estate giant had jointly organised dinner for NRIs of Haryana origin with Haryana government at Gold Course, Gurugram. 

This realty player has donated a huge sum to organisers of the Spiritual and Service Fair commencing at Gurugram from 2nd February. Governors of Haryana and Himachal and Haryana chief minister, Manohar Lal Khattar are attending the fair. 

When asked, Gurugram-based RSS leader, Pawan Jindal justified the donations by the realty player adding that in a temple anybody can donate. Read between the lines...there are elections in five states.

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