Taking a serious note of the authorities’ failure to take strict action against illegal construction in Gurgaon and Faridabad near the air force ammunition depot owing to a “casual approach,” the Punjab and Haryana high court has sought a status report from the police of the cases registered against the encroachers.
On Tuesday, the bench comprising justice Surya Kant and justice Shekher Kumar Dhawan, during the hearing of a petition seeking directions to check illegal construction near the ammunition depot in Gurgaon and the storage park in Faridabad, directed the police to deal with encroachers strictly or face suspension for failing to check rampant encroachment.
Granting a month’s time to the authorities to act on illegal construction and file a status report, the division bench deferred the hearing to November 25.
Accusing police officials of being “negligent”, the Gurgaon authorities pointed out that additional SHOs of quick-reaction teams had erred in carrying out necessary inspections and checks and adopted a casual approach.
The bench has directed the deputy commissioner and MC commissioner of Faridabad to identify the entry point to the area under question and lay nakas along with the air force police to regulate the influx of construction material in the area and material for any new construction be banned.
The bench has asked the Faridabad officers to monitor this arrangement for a month and file a status report.
The bench also asked the enforcement department, the air force police and the Haryana police to get in touch with each other through SMSes and give updates on any illegal construction or alteration.
The division bench also directed the Faridabad MC to keep a check on new constructions and alterations in the previous ones so that the menace be controlled.
Submitting his case, advocate OM Batalvi stated that despite being a restricted area, residents had raised construction.
The petitioners said residents were constructing temples in the area. The bench asked the administrative officers of both cities to remove these temples and leave the ancient ones.
A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by Suresh Goyal of Faridabad, seeking the removal of constructions from 100-metre area around the air force station, Dabua (Faridabad), which is a protected zone under provisions of the Work of Defence Act. The HC had also taken cognisance of similar construction activities within the restricted zone of the air force ammunition depot in Gurgaon.
So far, the HC has passed several directives to stop illegal construction.