Gmada Eco City Project Hits Cmo Roadblock, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

October 12, 2023

MOHALI: The Urban Estate Eco City-3 project of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has run into rough weather as the Punjab government has sought details of the land to be acquired as per the Khasra number. The project has been hanging fire since 2016.

GMADA was to acquire land for Urban Estate Eco City-3 in New Chandigarh. The authority was set to acquire 720 acres for the project, and was awaiting the CM’s nod.

A senior officer with GMADA said that the project file was sent to CM office seeking approval for acquisition of land, but the file has been returned with a noting that GMADA must specify the ‘Khasra Numbers’ (revenue numbers) of the land to be acquired.

The officer said that compilation of the land as per the Khasra Number is a laborious work and will take some time. Till then, the land acquisition process will be stalled. Earlier too, the government had scrapped the land acquisition for the project.

Under the project, residential, commercial, and institutional properties are to come up on 720 acres acquired from six villages — Rajgarh, Takipur, Kartarpur, Kansala, and Hoshiarpur.

The land was to be acquired on the basis of land pooling policy, as per which for every acre, landowners will get 1,100 square yards of industrial plots and 200 square yards of developed commercial plot, excluding parking, instead of cash compensation.

In July 2020, GMADA was forced to scrap the acquisition process owing to shortage of funds, and poor response to its land pooling scheme. Only 118 of 450 landowners had come forward at the time.

After GMADA’s decision to defer the project, some private players had swooped in and bought around 150 acres in the same area, prompting the development authority to take prohibitory measures. The then additional chief secretary, department of housing and urban development, Sarvjit Singh, had ordered that no change-of-land use (CLU) certificate or license will be issued to any builder in the Eco City-3 or Medicity — another GMADA project — areas.

Apart from this, GMADA is all set to launch its seventh independent township, Aerotropolis, which will come up on 1,653 acres near Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport on both sides of the Banur-Zirakpur on Patiala highway. The authority is working to launch the development works in the last week of January and complete it in six months.

  • Published On Oct 12, 2023 at 11:00 AM IST

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