Asking the Centre to take a decision on the expert committee's report on the protected area around Gurgaon air force depot at the earliest, the Punjab and Haryana high court gave the government two months' time for the same.
Last year, an expert committee headed by the cabinet secretary had recommended that the protected area be reduced from 900 metres to 600 metres near the ammunition depot. However, the final decision is yet to be taken by the central government. Now, the Centre has to inform the court by April 19 about its decision on the protected area.
The high court had summoned the deputy commissioner and the municipal commissioner of Gurgaon on Monday on the complaints of the air force administration. During the hearing on November 25, 2014, it was stated that the officers were not acting on complaints of unauthorised construction in the protected area.
The duo told the HC that they were keeping a close vigil in the area but stressed that the final decision needed to be taken at the earliest as it was a 'difficult situation' there as more than 2.5 lakh people lived in the area under dispute.
The HC bench headed by justice Surya Kant, during the hearing, underlined that the blame game (between the civic administration and the air force authorities) would not help, adding that different agencies needed to work in coordination for early redressal of the issue. It stated that the central government could not sit on the report for an indefinite period and needed to take a call.
The high court observed that Gurgaon was in the 'grip of the land mafia' and asked the administration to tell the court whether some land mafia, politicians or religious leaders were involved in illegal construction banned by the HC.
"We cannot allow the court orders to become a laughing stock. Supply us the names," the HC bench asked the Gurgaon administration, further stating that it would issue appropriate orders to deal with 'such elements'.