Haridwar: The Haridwar-Roorkee Development Authority (HRDA) has become aware of several property developers selling land and apartments in illegally developed townships. These settlements are being developed without obtaining permission from HRDA, officials said. They added that rules regarding parking spaces, proper width of road and public parks are not being followed in the development of these townships, mainly in Haridwar and Roorkee. Authorities say they plan to take action against these errant developers while adding that 12 such illegal settlements developed without permission have already been sealed off.
According to HRDA, there are about 80 unauthorized townships (some under construction) in the district. Uttam Singh Chauhan, Secretary, HRDA, told TOI, “According to the rules, an appropriate map of the settlement should be prepared by the architect before the layout and construction of the township. However, many real estate developers and dealers avoid getting permission from the department to maximize their profit margins. This amounts to deceiving the buyers, who end up suffering the consequences after buying the property. So far we have sealed 12 of these illegal settlements. Action would be taken against the rest of them soon.
Meanwhile, a section of merchants and property developers have welcomed actions against those who engage in illegal activities. Sunil Arora, a property dealer based in the city, told TOI, “Many so-called developers have been selling properties without getting permission from HRDA and other agencies like revenue department to earn more profit. . This illegal practice harms those who follow the law in the exercise of their activities. The HRDA came into action late, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.