Stay on Faridabad Master Plan 2031
-Shraddha Chaudhary, III Year, B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)
In July, 2014 a masterplan to convert Faridabad, Haryana into a more developed city for a projected population of about 38, 86, 407 by the year 2031, compared to the current population of about 17 lakhs. As per the plan, out of the 34, 381 hectares set aside for the revamped city, about 41% of the area was to be dedicated to residential units, about 17% to industrial use and an encouraging 15% to green belts and parks.
But on August 20th, 2014, the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the master plan in what was a serious hit to the realtors in the NCR region. This was in response to some petitions laid before the court by the residents of the area pointing out that as per the NCR Planning Board Act, 1985, the Haryana government first ought to have prepared a sub-regional plan upto the year 2021 in consonance with the NCR regional plan upto 2021. Instead of doing so, the urban development bodies notified the draft development plan, 2031 on July 18th, for the area that was within the limits of the Faridabad Municipal Corporation, which was against the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994.
It was further alleged that the plans were finalised and notified in a hurry without following the proper procedure mentioned above with the mala fide intention to accommodate the interests of certain politicians, builders and land mafia, and had not been done in public interest. Furthermore, the notification of the plan provided that objections would have to be sent to the director, urban local bodies department, rather than the commissioner of the municipal corporation as required by the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994, making it patently illegal and violative of fair procedure.
The Court has asked secretary and director, urban local bodies department and Faridabad Municipal Commissioner to file replies and the matter has been fixed for next hearing on September 16th, 2014.
 TNN, Faridabad Master Plan Stayed by HC, The Time of India (August 21st, 2014), available at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/Faridabad-master-plan-stayed-by-HC/articleshow/40543689.cms.
 TNN, HC stays Haryana’s Faridabad Drat Master Plan 2031, The Times of India (August 21st, 2014), available at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/HC-stays-Haryanas-Faridabad-draft-master-plan-2031/articleshow/40538919.cms.