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No smooth ride for Rapid Metro

The 1000-crore Rapid Metro Rail project has hit a roadblock on the issue of transfer of about one acre of land belonging to the gated community National Media Centre (NMC) on the Gurgaon Expressway.

delhi Updated: Jul 20, 2011 00:35 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

The 1000-crore Rapid Metro Rail project has hit a roadblock on the issue of transfer of about one acre of land belonging to the gated community National Media Centre (NMC) on the Gurgaon Expressway.

The said land that comes under the alignment of the Metro project has to accommodate concrete pillars and elevated track along the expressway.

Apprehensive of forceful possession of its land by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), the resident welfare association of National Media Centre, which has moved the court seeking stay on the acquisition, also sought police protection.

“The matter has been moved in the division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking stay immediately,” said Kulwant Singh, general secretary of NMC Cooperative House Building Society Limited.

“Earlier some individuals from NMC had moved the high court that had turned down their request. We have challenged the same in the division bench,” he added.

Singh claimed that the land Huda was claiming to take control of from NMC was the property of the society in the revenue record.

“If Huda wants the land, it should initiate the process of acquisition as per the act or the RMGL should come to us directly to buy this land and negotiate with us. We are not against the metro project, but want a proper procedure to be followed for the land handover,” he added.

Hard pressed to meet its January 2013 deadline, the Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL) has asked Huda to hand over the land at the earliest for starting the civil work there.

Huda administrator Nitin K Yadav said that his department was seeking legal opinion on the issue as, he said, NMC had lost legal battle in the court that had refused to grant stay on the transfer of the land which was a green belt. NMC is a gated community spread across 21 acres near DLF Cybercity and has 190 dwelling units with top-notch media people, intellectuals and who’s who in the government circles.

Huda officials said that the land in question was a green belt meant for laying public utilities and civic amenities.

‘take back land’

“The land was given to developers and can be taken back any time in the public interest. Huda is committed to give right of way to the RMGL for the metro project and there is no stay on the transfer of the said land. We are seeking legal opinion to take it over,” said a Huda official not willing to be quoted.

RMGL officials declined to comment, but admitted that they had urged Huda to intervene and hand over the land as early as possible.

The Rapid Metro will connect Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's Sikanderpur Metro station with a loop of tracks of about 6.1 km inside DLF City.

Some residents, however, say the project will inconvenience them in the short term, only to bring long term relief in public transport.