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

DTCP teams to conduct visual inspection of 60 condominiums

Manish Yadav, district town planner (enforcement), said that each team will comprise a junior engineer and an expert from the four private consultancies enlisted by the department, which have already carried out structural audits of 16 condominiums earlier

DTCP teams to conduct visual inspection of 60 condominiums
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 12:15 AM IST

Mahira homebuyers stage protest in Jantar Mantar against delay in delivery

Mahira Homes flat buyers held a protest in Delhi against the developer's failure to deliver homes on time. Delivery was scheduled for August 2022, but work has been stopped for a year. Despite assurances from authorities and the developer, there has been no progress. Around 1,500 buyers have invested in the project, which was launched in 2018. The project was cancelled due to discrepancies in documents submitted by the developer. The decision was later revoked in September, and the developer was asked to complete the project within six months. The project is expected to be delivered by the end of the year.

Mahira homebuyers stage protest in Jantar Mantar against delay in delivery
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 12:11 AM IST

Work on 28 km Gurugram Metro project to start in a month: CM Khattar

The proposed project will span approximately 28.5km and have 27 elevated Metro stations, with a spur from Basai to Dwarka Expressway.

Gurugram, India-March 10,2023: Gate number three of the metro station at HUDA City Center metro station has been opened for passengers, in Gurugram, India, on Friday, 10 March 2023. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)(Pic to go with Abhishek's story)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 12:22 AM IST
By, Gurugram

IIT-Delhi submits reports on Chintels towers A and G, to be discussed today

The need for structural audits arose after the partial collapse of six floors in Tower D on February 10 last year, resulting in the death of two women

The district administration had mandated structural audits for all nine towers in the condominium complex to assess their safety for habitation. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 12:14 AM IST

Encroachments, broken roads make commuting difficult on Old Delhi Gurgaon road

Residents said the adjoining Rao Gajraj Singh Marg, the Tenon Toad and Sushil Aima Road are also in a bad condition

A potholed stretch on the Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road near Gurgaon One Apartments. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2023 12:21 AM IST
By, Gurugram

High court orders arrest of HSVP estate officer

The matter pertains to cancellation of allotment of a plot to an allottee in Sector 38 in 2013. The court order on Monday observed that after HSVP cancelled the allotment, it was challenged in 2013 itself and the court had given a verdict in favour of the allottee

Although HSVP filed an appeal against this order in the lower court, the district court observed that this appeal was dismissed on April 26, 2022. (Photo for representation)
Updated on May 30, 2023 06:25 PM IST

Chintels: Occupants of towers E, F told to vacate flats at the earliest

The department of town and country planning has asked residents of towers E and F of Chintels Paradiso condominium to vacate their flats as they are deemed unsafe for habitation by structural audit experts from IIT-Delhi. The district administration previously invoked Section 144 and sections of Disaster Management Act, 2005, to direct occupants to vacate the flats within 15 days. Around 16 families are currently living in the towers and have requested 120 more days to vacate. The developer has offered buyback or a new flat in lieu of the unsafe flats, but residents will have to wait three to four years for the new home.

Chintels: Occupants of towers E, F told to vacate flats at the earliest
Updated on May 30, 2023 12:26 AM IST
By, Gurugram

DTCP asks Chintels flat owners to get evaluation done within a week

Owners of flats in towers E and F of Chintels Paradiso condominium in Sector 109, India, have been given two weeks to evaluate their interiors. Of the 116 flat owners, 96 have already had their flats evaluated and the evaluating firms have been asked to submit their report within two weeks. The buildings have been declared unsafe for habitation and the district administration has recommended they be demolished. Chintels India has offered to buy back flats at a basic rate of INR6,500 ($87) per sq ft or to reconstruct them at a cost of INR1,000 per sq ft.

DTCP asks Chintels flat owners to get evaluation done within a week
Updated on May 27, 2023 12:43 AM IST

HSVP to auction 60 acres of land on May 28

Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) will auction plots in 17 sectors across Gurugram on May 28 which is expected to generate revenue of INR250-300cr. The auction will cover 28 sites located in different sectors and is intended for group housing projects. The authority has removed some sites from the auction after objections were raised that around four sites were located in an area marked as ?gair mumkin nullah?. The HSVP has also initiated a large-scale demolition drive to retrieve HSVP land from encroachers.

HSVP to auction 60 acres of land on May 28
Updated on May 25, 2023 11:31 PM IST

Flood preparedness drills to be held at 14 underpasses in the city

Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority will conduct drills at all 14 underpasses in the city to prepare for the monsoon season and prevent water-logging. The drills will test drainage systems and pumps at each underpass, and will be held with officials from the National Highways Authority of India, public works department and DLF. Last year, the underpasses remained largely unaffected during the rains following steps taken by civic authorities. The drills will be held from 29 May to 4 June, with traffic continuing to ply as normal through the underpasses.

Gurugram, India-May 25, 2023: A view of the underpass at Rajiv Chowk near Tau Devi Lal stadium, in Gurugram, India, on Thursday, 25 May 2023. The GMDA (Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority) will conduct a mock drill to stop the water logging in the underpass during the monsoon season. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)**To go with with Abhishek Behl's story
Updated on May 25, 2023 11:24 PM IST
By, Gururgram

Gurugram lifts ban on registration of properties developed by Chintels

The decision was taken after a proposal of settlement was submitted by the developer, and a meeting was held by the district administration on May 3

Last year, the district administration had imposed a ban on registration of any property developed by Chintels India. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 25, 2023 12:22 AM IST

To ease traffic flow, Gurugram admin opens Central Periphery Road

The CPR is basically a part of the package four of the Dwarka Expressway and work has been ongoing at this section since 2019

Commuters near the NH-48 cloverleaf flyover on the Central Peripheral Road in Gurugram which was opened for commuters on Wednesday. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
Updated on May 25, 2023 12:13 AM IST

Work on NH-48 stack interchange on track, June 3 finish targeted

An official said Kamal Gupta, the contractor’s managing director, was holding daily meetings to review the status of construction.

A flyover, part of the stack interchange at NH-48, under construction on Wednesday. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
Updated on May 24, 2023 11:39 PM IST

No overcrowding at Gurugram banks for exchange of 2,000 notes

Banks in several areas of the city wore a busy look, but the bankers said there was no rush and things went on smoothly on Tuesday

The RBI on Friday announced that all <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2,000 currency notes will be withdrawn from circulation, though they will remain legal tender for any monetary transaction till September. (Representational image)
Updated on May 23, 2023 11:40 PM IST

Banks in Delhi-NCR brace for 2,000 note exchange

With misinformation running amok, various banks have started taking steps to reduce panic and confusion among their customers.

According to RBI’s notification, people have been given time from May 23 to September 30 to exchange or deposit <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2,000 notes so that these can be withdrawn from circulation. (AFP)
Updated on May 23, 2023 08:18 PM IST

Kherki Daula toll plaza to be shifted in 2-3 months, says CM Khattar

Gurugram: Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday announced that the Kherki Daula toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway will be removed in next two-three months, adding that his government is considering proposals for its removal

Gurugram, India-May 21, 2023: Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister of Haryana at Raahgiri day organised by District Administration Gurugram, Gurugram police and Raahgiri foundation at sector-79 near Mount Olympus school, in Gurugram, India, on Sunday, 21 May 2023. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 22, 2023 12:20 AM IST

Dwarka expressway to be completed by December-end: Gadkari

The minister said that the highway, which is India’s first access controlled eight lane expressway, is part of the ₹60,000-crore Delhi decongestion plan.

Nitin Gadkari, Union minister for road transport and highways inspect the layout plan of Dwarka expressway at National Highway-48 cloverleaf near Kherki Daula toll plaza, in Gurugram, on Thursday. (Parveen Kumar/HT photo)
Updated on May 19, 2023 02:31 AM IST

HSVP to fence land freed from encroachers in Gurugram

Gurugram: The Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) is planning to fence land that has been retrieved from encroachers in Gurugram and an estimate for the same has been prepared, officials said on Wednesday

HSVP to fence land freed from encroachers in Gurugram
Updated on May 17, 2023 11:56 PM IST

Chintels homeowners ask for 120 days to vacate flats in Gurugram

Hitesh Meena, additional deputy commissioner, Gurugram, said a meeting of all stakeholders has been called on May 18 at the Vikas Sadan to resolve the issue

Residents of Towers E and F towers of Chintels Paradiso in Vikas Sadan in Gurugram on Tuesday. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 16, 2023 11:09 PM IST

Haryana approves Delhi-Behrore, Delhi-Panipat RRTS corridors

The Delhi-Gurugram-Behror project will be 107km long and the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), which is developing both corridors, has started the pre-construction work. These projects will be sent to Centre for its approval, a statement by the Haryana government said

New Delhi, India - April 11, 2023: A view of under-construction Rapid Regional Transport System (RRTS) Station at Sarai Kale Khan, in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, April 11, 2023. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 16, 2023 12:26 AM IST

Gurugram admin invokes Sec 144 to get two Chintels towers vacated

The Gurugram DC said the occupants will have to vacate the towers within the next 15 days, else face criminal action

Chintels Paradiso residents’ welfare association said they were highly disappointed and anguished by the order. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 16, 2023 07:29 AM IST

Special panel on fourth floor to hold public hearing on Tuesday

The associations of RWAs, developers’ groups such as National Real Estate Development Council (Naredco) and Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (Credai) have been called to attend the meeting. The department of town and country planning (DTCP) on February 23 had put on hold the policy of construction of fourth floor on residential plots

The Haryana government’s town and country planning department had formed a five-member committee on March 16 to look into the contended issue of construction of a fourth floor. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 15, 2023 06:02 PM IST

Ramprastha City residents protest against developer for water shortage

Residents of Ramprastha City in Sector 37D held a protest against the developer for inadequate supply of water. They alleged that recycled water supplied by sewage treatment plants was of poor quality and almost unusable. The developer had taken only a single water connection, which was inadequate to serve the residents, and the water supply has been dwindling since the beginning of March. The developer is supplying only 200,000 litres per day, while 1 million litres of water is required.

Ramprastha City residents protest against developer for water shortage
Updated on May 15, 2023 12:45 AM IST

Chintels makes proposal to flat owners, offers to buy back or rebuild flats

According to a letter from Chintels India to the deputy commissioner of Gurugram on April 21, this may be their final offer

Last year, the complex’s tower D was vacated immediately after six floors of the building partially collapsed, killing two women on February 10. (HT Archive)
Updated on Apr 30, 2023 11:52 PM IST
By, Gurugram

Work on Gurugram sections of Dwarka e-way to be completed by June-end, says NHAI

The 29km long Dwarka Expressway is being built at a cost of ₹9,000 crore and it will connect Shiv Murti on Delhi-Jaipur highway near Mahipalpur

The Dwarka Expressway in Gurugram. (Parveen Kumar/ HT)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 12:05 AM IST

Haryana agency awards contracts for viaducts on Palwal-Sonipat rail

According to the corporation, these two tunnels are the most complex engineering challenges of the entire project, and while they are built, the whole network will be ready

Construction of the 126-km-long Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor from Palwal to Sonipat and the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway, which will connect Palwal to Sonipat via Sohna, Manesar, and Kharkhoda Broad gauge double railway line for passengers and goods traffic, is underway. (HT Archive)
Updated on Apr 27, 2023 12:15 AM IST
By, Gurugram

Haryana offers government database to corporates to hire locals in private jobs

Around 800,000 educated residents of the state, who are skilled at various levels and registered with Haryana Kaushal Rozgar Nigam Limited, will get jobs, said chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar address mediapersons after the corporate vaarta organised by Haryana Kaushal Rozgar Nigam Limited at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Gurugram on Tuesday. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2023 11:03 PM IST

Gurugram ranks eighth among 12 rising cities in ease of moving index

The Ease of Moving Index-India Report 2022 was jointly launched in Delhi on Tuesday by joint secretary and mission director, Smart Cities Mission, and UN resident coordinator in India

According to the data made public, 36% residents have bicycles, 81% own two-wheelers, 5% own three-wheelers, and 34% own four-wheelers. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2023 10:59 PM IST
By, Gurugram

Haryana authority revises policy to set up farmhouses

Under the revised policy, builders can develop farmhouse colonies from a minimum of 10 acres up to 25 acres, depending on the location

An illegal farmhouse being demolished in Gwal Pahari village in Gurugram. (Parveen Kumar/ HT)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 12:14 AM IST

Haryana to constitute Aravalli rejuvenation board to curb illegal mining

In addition to the board, the government will also constitute a district-level cell for periodic monitoring of the Aravallis in Nuh, Faridabad, Gurugram

On October 10 last year, the NGT had directed the Haryana government to set up a special cell for the protection and management of the Aravallis. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 12:25 AM IST
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