Gurgaon: Silokhra panchayat threatens protest, demands cancellation of Huda plot allotment
The villagers have threatened to hold a protest on July 2gurgaon Updated: Jun 04, 2017 22:51 IST
The Silokhra land protest got a new momentum on Sunday. The residents of 36 villages of urban Gurgaon held a panchayat at Silokhra and decided to stage a big protest on July 2 against the Haryana urban development authority (Huda) over the plot allotment to the BJP for setting up a party office.
The panchayat said that the protest testified to their resentment against Huda for misusing the 12-acre common land for a purpose not meant for the welfare of the village. Silokhra is close to NH-8 near Signature Tower and straddles Sector 30 and 41.
This was the third panchayat since May 14 over Silokhra plot allotment controversy. The second panchayat was held on May 24. Apart from the BJP office, a group housing society for MPs and MLAs has also been proposed on the 12-acre plot allotted by Huda.
Chaudahry Mahender Singh Thakran, pradhan of Jharsa 360 (Jharsa 360 denotes 360 villages of Gurgaon and Rewari districts) who chaired the meeting, told Hindustan Times that 12 acres common village land should have been used for the welfare of villagers only.
“The Huda should develop utilities or amenities that serve the common purpose of the village. An office of political party or group housing society would mean nothing for the village. If the Huda does not cancel the land allotment, the panchayats of Jharsa 360 would hold a protest on July 2,” said Thakran, adding that rapid urbanisation has ruined the villages.
The panchayat will write to Huda seeking cancellation of the plot allotment and building a community centre and banquet hall instead. They also want the authority to dig a pond and provide for a grazing field.
Om Prakash, former sarpanch of Silokhra, said, “We will never allow a group housing society and a party office to come up on our village land.”
Senior Congress leaders Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, Ashok Tanwar and Ashish Dua were also present at the panchayat.
“The land is at the heart of the city and is gold mine that the Huda acquired for peanuts keeping villages in dark and conniving with officials of Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG). Huda and MCG cannot misuse common land,” Captain Yadav said.
Huda had served land acquisition notice on the village panchayat in 1989 against which the latter moved the Punjab and Haryana high court. The case was in court till 2008-09 before the MCG took control of the village.