Residents of DLF City Phase-4, Ivy Towers and Sushant Lok-1 staged a protest against the construction of a traffic tower coming up in DLF City Phase-4 on Saturday.
They claimed that the seven-storey building, which has allegedly not got approvals from competent authorities, is likely to give rise to traffic and parking problems in the area.
"According to information from the town and country planning department, the building has no approval. How is it being constructed right under the nose of authorities?" said Surender Pal Uppal, a resident of DLF City Phase-4.
The traffic tower, which is being constructed on an one-acre plot acquired by the Haryana Police Housing Corporation, reportedly encroaches on 11 metres of the 18-metre wide road, thereby leaving merely seven metres as traffic and parking space.
"This is completely illegal. If this building is made, this road will become heavily crowded. Even an ambulance might not be able to pass through the road. There will be no parking space either," said Ashima Khanduri, a resident. The road on which the building is being constructed has five schools.
According to residents, the tower also flouts the ground floor-basement ratio norm, according to which the basement of a building cannot be extended beyond the actual area of the ground floor.
In addition, the building allegedly violates the master plan of the area. According to the original plan, the plot was allotted for a police post but will now have offices and houses of police personnel.
Meanwhile, senior police officials passed the buck to each other.
DCP headquarters Surender Pal denied responsibility and said, "The joint commissioner (JCP) is in-charge of the project and not me."
On the other hand, JCP Maheshwar Dayal held Pal responsible. "I am not responsible for this. I only look into implementation of traffic laws. It is the DCP headquarters who is responsible for all administrative work," he said.