Despite deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash ordering an enquiry into the alleged illegal construction of fuel stations next to Westend Heights, an upscale gated condominium in DLF Phase 5, work has resumed.
The residents of the condominium had protested against the construction of the fuel stations in May. Following the protest, Satyaprakash directed HUDA to verify if the fuel stations were in violation of the rules and ordered temporary suspension of construction on the two petrol stations.
Residents on Wednesday claim that despite the suspension order work has resumed.
Saket Arora, a resident of Westend Heights and a real estate developer, said, “The DC (Satyaprakash) had launched an enquiry into the matter and suspended construction. But ten days ago, work resumed and a large number of workers can be seen at the site felling trees, using earthmovers to dig the ground and laying pipelines.”
Arora said residents visited met City Magistrate Alka Chaudhary last week. Chaudhary had assured the residents that the matter will be looked into.
Chaudhary said the matter has been forwarded to HUDA and the authority will initiate “necessary action upon assessment”.
Earlier, Satyaprakash had directed HUDA to verify the modulation as per the guidelines For Access, Location and Layout of Roadside Fuel stations and Service stations.
As per a copy of the order, minimum distance between two fuel stations must be 1 km for divided carriageways. It also states that if two fuel stations are located close to each other, then they should have a common access through 7-metres-wide service road.
Westend Heights residents protested against the setting up of two fuel stations 40 metres away from their society on St Thomas Marg. They said the green belt was being destroyed. They claimed that there was no need for the fuel stations as there was already one close by.