Residents of National Media Centre (NMC), a posh colony near DLF Phase III, on Saturday accused the Haryana government of taking over a patch of the green belt they owned and leasing it out to DLF for a six-lane road project.
The three-year-old battle over the ownership-cum-use of the two-acre green patch falling between NH-8 and NMC was brought to public domain with NMC members lambasting the government for allowing the building of a six-lane freeway passage between Sarhaul Toll and Sector 56 on the green land.
A senior official town and country planning department official refused to comment stating the matter was in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, while DLF strongly rebuffed NMC's allegations.
“DLF has not been given any land by the government. In fact, the land is to be used as per government provision and in the larger interest of public. The said land is still part of the green belt," said a DLF spokesperson.
NMC members briefed the media in New Delhi on Saturday on how the government acquired the land under Section 3 (3) (iii) of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975.
NMC claims it purchased 22 acres of land, including the two-acre patch, directly from the Nathupur residents in 1983-84.
“The six-lane road is to serve DLF city, not the common man who walks on foot and rides a bicycle. Why should NMC suffer because of the DLF road? We will raise the issue with the NCR Planning Board very shortly," said Kulwant Singh, general secretary, NMC Society.
A large section of activists have questioned the planning of the six-lane road in the past. "The road will bring disaster to the city and create traffic mess in future," alleged Prabhat Agarwal, director Arvalli Scholars.