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Gwal Pahari residents threaten to block Faridabad road

Gwal Pahari residents refuse to surrender their village land to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) that has sent eviction notices to 324 people.

gurgaon Updated: Feb 21, 2017 22:30 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Some of the residents have obtained a stay order against the MCG’s eviction notice. However, others said they will not seek a stay but, instead, block the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road to protest the civic body’s action.
Some of the residents have obtained a stay order against the MCG’s eviction notice. However, others said they will not seek a stay but, instead, block the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road to protest the civic body’s action. (HT FIle)

Gwal Pahari residents said they will never surrender their land to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), which has sent eviction notices to 324 people.

As many as 150 of the notice recipients claim to be original village plot owners who have been tilling the land for several generations. Rest of the 174 people fall in the category of land purchasers and most of them have obtained a stay from the local court against the MCG notice.

Under Section 408 of Haryana Municipal Corporation Act 1994, the civic agency had sent notices two weeks ago and now eviction action is planned against those who have not obtained a stay.

“We will not seek court intervention. We will protest against MCG’s illegal action by blocking the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road,” a resident said after a meeting on the land issue on Monday.

The village land in question is 464 acres and has been in dispute for years.

The villagers claim the land belongs to them and they are recorded as owners in possession in jambandis since 1943. The MCG, however, claims land belongs to it based on mutations since the village panchayat
has been replaced by the
corporation.

Tara Singh, one of the villagers who received the notice, said, “We did not sell our land as it is the only source of our livelihood through agriculture. Many people sold their plots long back and there are several plots (of the 464 acres) that have been sold 10 times or more in the last three decades. We have proof that we are owners as we pay revenue to the Haryana government. This is the MCG’s second attempt in the last four years and it has threatened to evict us. This is extortion. We do not require a court stay against the MCG notice. We will face every action of the MCG and we will block Gurgaon-Faridabad Road if the MCG does not withdraw the notice.”

“The land dispute has been created by patwaris, kanungos, tehsildars and block development officers in the last three decades. In the presence of revenue officers in 1999, the village panchayat agreed to partition the land among shareholders who had been tilling it for the last several generations. And, it was all fine when in 2012 MCG sent eviction notice to all of us after it mutated the land in question in a wrong way and all that is on government record,” Jagat Singh, former sarpanch of the village, said.

The villagers said as per jamabandi for 1939-40, land measuring 1,333 bigha (464 acres i s part of it) was recorded as ownership of Shamlat Deh (Hasab Rasad Kabja Jamin) and in possession of respective owners/biswedars of the village.

Ashok Kumar, another villager, said, “After the panchayat accepted partition of the land in question and the then Gurgaon collector Harbhakah Singh approved it, the Haryana government allotted licences to BSF to set up a private residential group housing society and TERI also came up in the area. In 2006-07, the Centre and the state approved two SEZs too.”

While hearing a petition on SEZs, former financial commissioner revenue (FCR), Haryana, Yudhvir Singh Malik in 2014 set aside mutation no 3110 in favour of the MCG as it was forged, fabricated and antedated.

In an administrative enquiry conducted by former Gurgaon deputy commissioner (DC) TL Satyaprakash, based on the directions from chief secretary and chief minister, found that mutation 3249 sanctioned in favour of the MCG in December 2015 without following due process of law and in gross violation of the orders of two FCRs as well as restraint order from the civil court. The DC sent the report to the government for legal opinion.

Mutation 3249 is the basis for MCG’s claim to ownership of land recorded in the name of individuals and companies in the jamabandi and no civil court decided in favour of the civic body.

V Umashankar, MCG commissioner, said, “We will follow legal course of action.”