The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday directed the Haryana chief secretary to constitute a committee involving joint secretary of union defence ministry and resident welfare association members and convene a meeting to find out the solution of illegal constructions raised within the restricted area outside the Gurgaon and Faridabad Air Force Stations.
The division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Augustine George Maish, while hearing a bunch of petitions on the issue, also asked the central government counsel to take instructions from the appropriate authority whether Air Force Stations could be shifted from their present location.
Directions were also issued to the Haryana government to inform the court on the next date of hearing as to how many illegal buildings had come up within the restricted area after the notifications were issued in case of both the Air Force Stations.
The authorities concerned were also directed to carry out the exercise of demarcation of the disputed area.
As per rules, no construction can be raised within 100-metre restricted area from the parapet of the Air Force Station in Faridabad and within 900-metre restricted area from the parapet of the
Air Force ammunition depot in Gurgaon.
However, on the request made by the counsel appearing for the Gurgaon residents' welfare association to provide basic amenities to the residents of illegal colony, the court said arguments on the same would be held on next date of hearing.
Appearing for the central government, advocate Onkar Singh Batalvi informed the court that though it was difficult to shift the Air Force Stations from two places, but since the court had ordered, he would get the instructions on the same.
Singh also informed the court that it was mainly due to the negligence of the local administration that all such illegal constructions had come up without any check.The case will now come up for hearing on October 22.