Abhishek Behl

Abhishek Behl is principal correspondent, Hindustan Times in Gurgaon Bureau. He covers infrastructure, planning and civic agencies in the city. He has been covering Gurgaon as correspondent for the last 10 years, and has written extensively on the city.

Articles by Abhishek Behl

Gurgaon railway station’s renovation to begin soon: Ashwini Vaishnaw

The Union railway minister also announced the launch of a 14-minute protocol for cleaning Vande Bharat trains across the country

Union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw at the railway station near Rajendra Park in Gurugram on Sunday. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 02, 2023 06:16 AM IST

Free district registrar office from political interference, say 50 Gurugram RWAs

Protesters demanded that political interference cease in the offices of the state registrar societies and district registrar societies in Gurugram

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Updated on Oct 02, 2023 05:26 AM IST

Structural audit rate fixed, cost to be shared equally by builder, RWA in Ggm

Manish Yadav, district town planner (enforcement), said the district administration has fixed the rate of structural audit at ₹3.50 per square foot plus GST

The administration decided to conduct structural audits of high-rise condos in the city after the partial collapse of six floors at Chintels Paradiso condominium killed two women residents on February 10, 2022. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 05:48 AM IST
By, Gurugram

Firecrackers banned in Gurugram from Nov 1 to Jan 31, except on festive occasions

As an exception and for a limited time, a window for bursting green firecrackers would be provided on festivals such as Diwali, New Year’s Eve, Christmas, and Gurpurab

The order also said that when fireworks are set off on Diwali or any other festival, such as Gurpurab, the window for bursting firecrackers will be from 8pm to 10pm. The window will be from 11.55pm to 12.30am on Christmas and New Year’ Eve. (HT Archive)
Published on Sep 28, 2023 10:38 PM IST
By, Gurugram

Haryana pollution control board imposes over 1 crore fine on MCG for violating C&D waste rules

The action was taken on the directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), which asked the pollution control board to ascertain whether the civic agency has violated C&D rules in Malibu Towne, as alleged by one of its residents in a plea which the tribunal was hearing on Wednesday

The dispensary in Malibu Towne on Sohna Road was constructed in 2019 and demolished in 2020, but the construction and demolition (C&D) waste was left at the site unattended for two years, causing pollution in the area, NGT was told. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 28, 2023 06:54 AM IST
By, Gurugram

Tender for Gurugram Global City project awarded, work to start in next 2 months

The corporation has also called for the auction of four plots of land in Global City for mixed land use

Land proposed for the Global City project at Gadoli village near the Dwarka expressway. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 24, 2023 11:22 PM IST
By, Gurugram

Homebuyers of Greenopolis project in Gurugram demand delivery of flats

Homebuyers said they had gone to the project site to witness the construction on Sunday but were denied entry

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Published on Sep 24, 2023 11:12 PM IST

Gurugram authority to take up priority repair of Southern Peripheral Road

Officials said that the repair of SPR is top priority right now, and that they will award the contract for its repair within a month

The SPR project involved the construction of flyovers and expansion of the road from Ghata up to cloverleaf on NH58 at a cost of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>845 crore. (HT Archive)
Published on Sep 21, 2023 11:20 PM IST

Gurugram: DTCP seals 30 shops in DLF phase 3 for operating illegally

Officials said that commercial activities were being carried out in these 30 shops which were housed in residential buildings

DTCP officials said that in the last three months, they have issued around 800 notices to property owners for running commercial establishments in violation of norms. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 12:07 AM IST

To save old trees, Gurugram to give out 2,500 a year ‘pension’

The pension is part of the Haryana government’s Pran Vayu Devta scheme, an initiative to preserve old trees in the state

A banyan tree at the Baba Nyarm Das Gaushala in Manesar is said to be over 100 years old. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 01:42 AM IST

Work at Badkhal leaves Faridabad residents frustrated

Officials, engaged in the redevelopment project said, that the work at the lake expected to be completed only by December next year

Redevelopment work underway near Badkhal lake in Faridabad. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
Published on Sep 16, 2023 12:15 AM IST

NCRTC proposes change in RRTS alignment, to take it along Delhi Gurgaon e-way

According to the proposed plan, the alignment will be from Aerocity to Rajiv Chowk via Cyber City along the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway

RRTS pillars on the old Delhi-Gurugram road near Atul Kataria Chowk on Wednesday. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 13, 2023 11:51 PM IST

Airstrip proposed along Delhi-Mumbai expressway in Nuh-Gurugram

The plan to build the airstrip closer to Gurugram to ensure that an easier commute within in the National Capital Region, said a government official

The first phase of the project, between Sohna and Dausa in Rajasthan, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 12 this year. (HT Archive)
Published on Sep 12, 2023 11:16 PM IST

Activists say leachate leaking from Bandhwari landfill in Gurugram

Villagers on Monday said the foul smelling leachate has started polluting aquifers, leaving them with no clean source for drinking water

Bandhwari village is one of the largest in the district with a population of around 15,000 and the lives of its people have been impacted adversely owing to the large-scale garbage dumping. (HT Archive)
Published on Sep 12, 2023 12:17 AM IST

DTCP flags building violations in 35 properties in Gurugram

The district town planning department said that it had received several complaints regarding such violations in the last two months

Officials said that in the show-cause notices issued to property owners, they have been asked why the OC should not be cancelled and an FIR be registered against them for violations and illegal constructions. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
Updated on Sep 07, 2023 10:48 PM IST

Teej, Khoria, Rasiya folk dances enthral G20 delegates in Nuh

A senior official said the second day was dedicated to the host state, Haryana, and the state presented its diversity and culture

Foreign delegates join the festivities at ITC Grand Bharat hotel in Nuh on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 10:56 PM IST

Dwarka expressway cloverleaf to join NH-48 by end of month

The cloverleaf that will connect the Dwarka Expressway with NH-48 is part of package four and it starts from Basai railway overbridge

Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on an inspection visit to Dwarka Expressway on Monday evening. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 10:58 PM IST

Gurugram streetlights project firm rips up contract over payment delays

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has terminated its agreement with the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) for a streetlights project due to non-payment of dues. EESL said MCG owes INR200m ($2.7m) with an additional late payment penalty of INR100m as of 31 July. EESL has installed 82,000 LED streetlights and 800 centrally controlled and monitoring systems in Gurugram, maintaining an uptime of over 98% despite payment defaults. MCG officials said they have raised concerns about the project with EESL and will make payment once the issues are resolved.

The company’s officials said that they installed 55,000 streetlights by August 2018 despite not receiving timely payments from the civic body. (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 04, 2023 11:23 PM IST

Unitech residents in Gurugram protest poor condition of access road

Around 250 residents of Unitech Residences in Gurugram held a protest over the poor condition of the access road to their apartments, seeking the developer's intervention. They allege that the road is causing inconvenience to senior citizens, patients, and ambulances. The residents have approached both Unitech officials and government authorities, but no action has been taken. The Supreme Court will hear the issue regarding the construction of the road on September 4.

Around 250 residents of the Unitech Residences condominium held a protest against the developer, in Sector 33 in Gurugram on Saturday. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 10:40 PM IST

‘Mera Bill, Mera Adhikar’ scheme launched in six states, consumers to be rewarded

Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala and union revenue secretary Sanjay Malhotra said this scheme will encourage the culture of generating GST bills

Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala launches the ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikar’ scheme at a shop in Gurugram on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 10:52 PM IST
By, Gurugram

DTCP to check OCs randomly, to not allow registry if violations found

A list of 39 properties whose OCs were submitted between August 1 and August 10 was sent it to the revenue department after no violations were found

According to Rajesh Kaushik, district town planner, Gurugram, the OCs will be checked and a list will be sent out every 15 days. (HT archive)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 11:13 PM IST
By, Gurugram

Najafgarh drain stretch will get bundh to prevent waterlogging

GMDA officials said the land is available and there is no obstruction in the construction of the drain, which will prevent waterlogging on the streets

The Najafgarh drain being paved in Dharampur. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 11:12 PM IST

14 Gurugram sectors face water shortage; GMDA says no lasting solution in sight

Residents of condominiums in Gurugram, India, have experienced a severe lack of water supply over the past few days, leading to heavy reliance on private water tanker suppliers. The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has acknowledged the issue and is working on improving supply, but a permanent solution will take at least a year. The water shortage is due to a deficiency in distribution infrastructure and the unavailability of raw water. GMDA is distributing available water in phases to affected areas. The demand for water in the city exceeds the current supply infrastructure.

According to resident welfare associations (RWA)s, the water supply has been reduced by nearly half in the last few days. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 29, 2023 11:38 PM IST
By, Gurugram

Nuh procession to go ahead with or without permission, says VHP

Nuh deputy commissioner on Saturday imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC from August 25-28 with a view to maintain law and order.

The Hindutva outfit leaders said only Hindus from Nuh, Gurugram and Palwal will participate in yatra on Monday ’in view of the upcoming G20 summit’. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 27, 2023 04:49 AM IST

Gurugram: Flat owners told to vacate Chintels Paradiso Tower G

DTCP also said that the audit report of Tower J, which is pending, is expected to be submitted within the next 15 days

The structural audit of the entire condominium was ordered by the state government after six floors of Tower D collapsed partially on February 10, 2022, killing two women residents. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 26, 2023 12:06 AM IST

GMDA plans water pipeline along Dwarka e-way to supply to one million people

The floating of tender to hire the consultant and getting the report prepared will take around six months

According to GMDA, the proposed master water pipeline will have a capacity of 200 million litres per day (MLD) and will cater to around 1 to 1.5 million people in the future. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 11:47 PM IST

Chintels wants ban on registry revoked to raise money for refunding flat owners

Chintels Paradiso condominium developer asks authorities to lift ban on property registries to raise funds for compensation to flat owners.

Chintels wants ban on registry revoked to raise money for refunding flat owners
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 11:29 PM IST
By, Gurugram

Plan afoot to ease commute around Millennium City Metro station in Gurugram

The decision was taken during the monthly road safety meeting chaired by additional deputy commissioner Hitesh Meena at the Mini Secretariat on Tuesday

The Millennium City Metro station is one of the busiest stations on the Yellow Line of the Delhi Metro and thousands of commuters daily use this station to commute to and fro from Delhi and elsewhere in the National Capital Region. The station is surrounded by a number of private, government and commercial offices in sectors 29, 44 and adjoining areas and owing to the heavy congestion, commuters find it difficult to cross the road and reach the Metro station. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 11:12 PM IST
By, Gurugram

CM Khattar attends GMDA meeting; approves infra projects

CM Khattar also said that approval has been given for the construction of a drain along the Central Peripheral Road and a culvert in collaboration with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), on an equal cost-sharing basis

Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar attends GMDA’s meeting in Gurugram on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 19, 2023 11:24 PM IST

TDR policy helping builders to develop road infra, says DTCP

Builders in Gurugram have acquired around 70 acres of land in the past year to construct roads and infrastructure in developing sectors, according to officials. The transfer of development rights policy has enabled developers to purchase land from farmers and monetize it by creating TDR. This additional land will be used for infrastructure construction, while the development rights can be utilized in other projects or traded. The government has created a portal for trading and monetizing TDR certificates.

TDR policy helping builders to develop road infra, says DTCP
Updated on Aug 19, 2023 12:01 AM IST
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