Habitat centres to come up in metro cities
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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