Gurgaon: 50 residents booked for protesting against slow road construction
Those booked are residents of the Park View Residency at Palam Vihar and Mahindra Aura, among others from various residents’ societies and welfare associations.gurgaon Updated: Oct 22, 2017 22:21 IST
Fifty people were booked for protesting on Friday evening and blocking traffic on the stretch connecting Palam Vihar to Atul Kataria Road. Those booked are residents of the Park View Residency at Palam Vihar and Mahindra Aura, among others from various residents’ societies and welfare associations.
The protest was to bring attention to a 1.5-km stretch of road—linking Sector 5 to Palam Vihar and Bijwasan—that has been under construction for nearly four years, the residents said. Almost 200 people, including children, wore oxygen masks as they protested against the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) a day after Diwali.
Aggrieved by the slow progress of work on an under-construction road, residents from Palam Vihar, Mahindra Aura, Bestech Park View residency, Dharm and Gupta colonies had held a demonstration at the said stretch of road on Friday evening. They also blocked the road for some time that led to the police case.
Station house officer of Palam Vihar police station, inspector Vikram Nehra, said, “We have taken action against the residents who blocked the road and did not allow commuters to pass through despite several requests.”
A case was registered against the 50 residents on Saturday at Palam Vihar police station, under sections 147, (rioting), 149 (being member of an unlawful assembly), 283 (danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation), 341 (wrongful restraint), and 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) of the Indian Penal Code.
Reacting to being booked for protesting against slow civic work, residents said the police are just interested in suppressing their voice.
“The police, instead of taking action against the road contractor, have lodged an FIR against the ladies of PVR who were protesting for their right to breath clean air,” said the general secretary of Park View Residency, Vikas Dhull.
“If the police take such action, we will protest again,” a determined Dhull added.
Last year, the untimely death of a four-year-old child around Diwali due to asthma caused by air pollution in the area led to much furor. Pollution caused by prolonged construction activity and the resulting respiratory problems among local residents has become a major concern.
Residents also rue the absence of a motorable road which, they said, was leading to excessive vehicular congestion in the area; snarls are routine in the area and affect their quality of life.
The residents said they ended the protest before 8 pm when the ACP and SDM arrived there and assured the residents of speedy work.
Sarita Singhal, a resident of Park View Residency who is among the 50 people booked, said, “The incharge of Bajghera police station misbehaved with me during the protest. He used derogatory and inappropriate language. I complained about this to SDM Bharat Bhushan. He had assured us that he would address this issue with the police commissioner but now they have registered an FIR against us. This is shocking.”
On Sunday, a large group of residents went to meet PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh.
Though he was not available to meet the group, he is reported to have spoken with the RWA heads of Mahindra Aura and Park View Residency on the phone. He has assured the group that no one would be arrested and that he would speak to the police commissioner regarding the same.
“We have been assured that suitable action will be taken and no arrest will be made for the peaceful protest,” president of Mahindra Aura RWA, Yashesh Yadav, said.