Habi­tat cen­tres to come up in metro cities

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Land in Band­hwari hills, which lie to the west of Man­gar and fall in Gur­gaon district, have pan­chayat own­er­ship. Shares in the hills were also sold in the 1980s, but the Haryana gov­ern­ment in the mid-2000s re­stored pan­chayat own­er­ship, cit­ing that the pri­vati­sa­tion de­ci­sion was faulty.

Ac­cord­ing to en­vi­ron­men­tal lawyer Rahul Choudhary, in­vestors buy­ing land in the hill ar­eas are again tak­ing risks as ex­act lo­ca­tion of plots or land for sale have not been iden­ti­fied and con­sol­i­da­tion can­not hap­pen here as per a 2015 NGT or­der. NBCC ( I ndia) Lim­ited and In­dia Habi­tat Cen­tre (IHC) have signed an MoU for de­vel­op­ment of in­te­grated of­fice com­plex and hubs for so­cial and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties in var­i­ous metro cities of the coun­try.

Land for the com­plex will be pro­vided by the in­ter­ested state gov­ern­ments on con­ces­sional rates. Ac­cord­ing to an MoU signed this week be­tween Anoop Ku­mar Mit­tal, CMD, NBCC and Rakesh Kacker, di­rec­tor, IHC, NBCC will de­velop state-of-the-art cen­tres which will have, among other things, in­sti­tu­tions, con­fer­ence halls, con­ven­tion cen­tres, au­di­to­rium, health cen­tres, food courts, ban­quet hall and guest houses, on the lines of In­dia Habi­tat Cen­tre, NBCC sources said.

The model to be adopted by NBCC for de­vel­op­ment of such cen­tres shall be on self­sus­tain­ing ba­sis. In the ini­tia­tive, IHC will lend its brand­ing apart from tech­ni­cal knowhow for de­vel­op­ment, ex­e­cu­tion and post con­struc­tion man­age­ment of the prop­er­ties. On its part, NBCC will be re­spon­si­ble for de­sign­ing, en­gi­neer­ing and work­ing on the de­vel­op­ment of the cen­tres.

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