The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) is yet to reclaim 300 acres of public land from the clutches of encroachers. The land has been in the control of land sharks for the past several years.
According to a recent survey, Huda has been fighting legal battles to recover about 290 acres of prime land at various residential sectors. Encroachers had challenged Huda’s rights over the land, saying the whole acquisition process was faulty and illegal.
Though Huda has expedited the drive to remove squatters from land that have no legal disputes, the encroachment continues to create obstacles in the progress of major projects such as northern peripheral road, southern peripheral road, widening of Golf Course Road, and operation of Chandubudhera water treatment plant. Now, the authority is considering moving to courts.
“We have expedited the procedure through the district attorney who is shortly to make an appeal to the court to dispose of all the cases at the earliest so that the land can be used for the progress of the city. The government is serious and leaving no stone unturned,” said Narender Singh Yadav, estate officer (EO), Huda.
The vigilance department has also sought details of the nature of encroached land in Huda sectors.
Plots have been occupied by the locals who have built up shops, hutments, slums etc and majority of the encroachers have filed cases against Huda.
“Huda acquired our prime land forcibly in connivance with the district revenue department and we had no way but to move the court,” said a local whose land falls in Sector 12-A and a case between him and Huda is being heard by in the Punjab and Haryana high court.
In Sector 12-A, the Huda has been fighting cases in the high court to free nearly 80 acres of lands for the past several years. Similarly, about 100 acre land in sectors 81 to 115 are to yet be cleared for the construction of northern peripheral road. At least 23 acre has been encroached at Sector 23 and 23-A while 26 acre has been occupied at Sector 21. Besides, 4 acre land has been encroached at sectors 9, 9-A, and 10 even though there is no dispute.