HC asks Gurgaon, Faridabad MCs to mark restricted area
Pulling up Haryana government officials for taking the issue of illegal constructions within restricted area from the parapet of Air Force Stations in Gurgaon and Faridabad, the Punjab and Haryana high court has given two months' time to complete demarcation of restricted areas.chandigarh Updated: Dec 18, 2012 21:28 IST
Pulling up Haryana government officials for taking the issue of illegal constructions within restricted area from the parapet of Air Force Stations in Gurgaon and Faridabad, the Punjab and Haryana high court has given two months' time to complete demarcation of restricted areas.
The division bench comprising of chief justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain also directed the authorities, including municipal corporations of both the cities, to suggest that how the illegal structures can be removed.
As per rules, no construction can be raised within 100 metres of restricted area from the parapet of Air Force Station at Faridabad, and within 900 metres of restricted area from the parapet of Air Force ammunition depot at Gurgaon.
The court has also asked the authorities to inform the court about compensation paid to the residents, who would be removed from the restricted area. The court also directed them to inform about the office that is liable to pay the compensation.
Taking serious note of the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities concerned, the bench questioned, "How have these constructions come up in the last two years? Are the officials not supposed to perform their duties?"
The bench further added, "We know what will be the situation after six months, if we stop looking at the case. If some unfortunate incident happens, there would be mass destruction. It is ammunition depot in Gurgaon."
The court also opined that there should be mapping of the entire area. "Even if you seek google map of 20 days back, you'll know about new construction. Why don't you keep records so that you can come to know about new construction?" the court asked the authorities.
During the hearing of the case, secretary of Haryana urban local bodies department and municipal commissioners of Faridabad and Gurgaon were also present, as per the earlier high court orders.
Centre government's senior standing counsel on special engagement Onkar Singh Batalvi appraised the court with the fact that a large number of illegal constructions had come up in the restricted areas, even after stay by the high court, under the nose of the concerned municipal corporations. He said that it was a serious threat to the security of the Air Force establishments.
However, Faridabad MC counsel informed the court that the corporation was taking all steps to check illegal construction.
The case would now come up for hearing on February 27, 2013.