Manhattan of India Goes Green

Gurgaon to get Farmhouses colonies

Slated as the Manhattan of India, Gurgaon boasts of modern sky scrapers and sprawling cyber hubs for the biggest industries in India.  Talking about Gurgaon and ‘Farmhouse colonies ‘in the same sentence has always seemed like a far off dream, until now. Yes, to add to the kitty of its real estate prowess, Ramprastha Group a Gurgaon based developer, is all set to start a farmhouse township in the city. Spread over at least 100 acres, each farmhouse colony would be an amalgamation of 20-30 farmhouses of 1-2.5 acres each.

According to the state government’s newly drafted policy, the colony will be equipped with water, electricity and security besides proper roads within its defined boundaries.  The draft policy, took into consideration the scattered and unorganized development of farmhouses currently prevalent in the city, came upon the idea of a planned colony with an eye on the eco-friendly needs.

The farmhouses will be developed as gated communities with boundary walls not more than six feet high. However, enclosures for individual plots will be allowed only if facilitated with Barbed-wire fencing and hedges, boundary walls for such plots won’t be allowed. The policy also has strictly disallows these farmhouses to be used for commercial purposes such as banquet / Party halls.

Ramprastha Group mainly operates residential projects in NCR, plans to inject 700-800 crore in its farmhouse township. Currently in the process of buying land, CEO Nikhil Jain was quoted saying “We will complete the project in two years, once the final policy is out. The blueprint for the proposal has already been released and the company is waiting for the final policy. “

The current policy allows an individual interested in setting up a farmhouse on his farmland in the agricultural territory can apply for change of land use permission with a bare minimum area of two acres. The steep rise in demands for CLU for farmhouses is the reason behind the idea of farmhouse colonies. Farmhouses being used as party destinations, holiday homes or property investments along the outskirts of potential urban areas are a consequence of untrained people in farming preferring to set up the farmhouses.

Such hurdles along with security issues have been a thorn in the states successive development plan revisions.

Experts believe that lack of proper infrastructure such as connecting roads and essential amenities are the issues which need to be tackled as they are becoming of a major concern.

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