Fed up with the officials of district town planning (DTP) for not taking any action to remove encroachments from green belts, the residents of Palam Vihar have decided to seek help of deputy commissioner (DC) Gurgaon, Hardeep Singh. Members of Palam Vihar’s residents’ welfare association said that they want the DC to inspect and verify their complaints and take action accordingly.
The RWA has sent a list of encroached sites or locations across the Palam Vihar that includes green belts along internal roads, drains, and along the Gurgaon-Delhi railway line.
According to the RWA, the list has names of around 200 individuals and has reference to a reputed school as well.
Members of the RWA said that they submitted the list to the district town planning department a year ago.
“About a week ago, we held discussions with the town planning officials. We reminded them of our long standing appeal, which was to make other residents abide by the rules. Since Palam Vihar is still within the jurisdiction of the developer, the town planning department is the most competent authority to take action in the matter,” Sunil Yadav, president, RWA, said.
Earlier, in January, the association and town planning officials held a meeting in this regard.
“We resubmitted the list to the town planning department and sought action. We informed the officials that complaints from other residents are pouring in at the RWA office and urged them to have all encroachments removed and roads cleared. Many have encroached on pavements and parts of the green belt along drains and the railway line,” Ravi Bhatia, a member of the RWA, said.
The officials of the town planning department refused to comment in the matter saying they were not authorised to speak to the media.
“We have been directed by the head office not to speak to the media. However, the department has received complaints of green belt encroachments from Palam Vihar and action would be taken,”said an official requesting anonymity.