Panchkula municipal corporation informed the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday that Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), had allotted it around two acres plot in Panchkula for construction of a corporation office to be completed in the next two years after which possession of the community centre in Sector-4, Panchkula, would be vacated.
The submissions were made during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation filed by the Residents' Welfare Association of Sector-4, Panchkula.
The petitioner association had challenged MC's illegal possession of community centre in Sector-4, since 2001.
The court was informed on Monday that HUDA had allotted a plot measuring 1.85 acre to the corporation in Sector-3, Panchkula, on July 29 and 25% of the amount `2.63 crore, had been deposited in HUDA's account by the corporation on August 2. But possession of the land was yet to be granted.
The petitioner had submitted that after the consistent efforts of the Residents' Welfare Association, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) constructed the community centre building in 1997.
However, HUDA later handed over the building to the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for their headquarters that occupied the building for several years. Later the ITBP vacated the community centre after various efforts of the petitioner association but again the building was handed over to the Panchkula MC in 2001, it was submitted.
The petitioner had informed the court that it was of no use of constructing the community centre for the people if that was to be used by the government authorities that required to be provided proper offices.
The court disposed of the case with the directions to the authorities to submit the status report on December 6 about handing over of the possession of the plot to corporation.