VETERAN Congress leader Kamal Nath was not only the Urban Development Minister in the UPA II regime but also was virtually the de facto Chief Minister of the National Capital Region as far as ‘colonisation’ was concerned. Kamal Nath was the ex-officio Chairman of National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB), being Minister of Urban Development. This is the body which decides the development of the land in and around Delhi. The Chief Ministers of Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are also members of the Board. The Board gives controlling power to the chairman to decide the fate of any builder and ‘coloniser’. The Board gives environmental clearances and takes decisions about the heights of the buildings. Every builder who is working in the NCR region has to go through the NCRPB. Everybody knows how Kamal Nath’s system worked. As the builder lobby informs, Kamal Nath changed the style of working towards the end of his regime. He used to tell the slightly bigger builders but not bigger than DLF and Jaypee that they should involve (read partner) his sons, Bakul and NakulNath, in their business. The builders who fell in line got their clearances in no time. Those who were wary of the idea are still waiting for their files to get sanctioned. Surprisingly, Kamal Nath has still not lost hope and is advocating the case of his sons as partners of various builders. The latter are bewildered as to how Kamal Nath can have his way in all three States, governed by different parties.
Vol. 8, issue 4 | JULY | 2014