Despite resistance from Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) evictees of New Palam Vihar, the development authority held the first draw of lots on Sunday to allot alternative plots for people who lost their land to the highway. The move could make way for the completion of NPR, also known as the Dwarka Expressway, that has been stuck in litigation for the last six years.
The draw was held for 109 applicants who have registered conveyance deeds of their properties. These applicants would be allotted plots in sector 110A.
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) received 566 applications for allotment of alternative plots. Of these, 368 are original petitioners, who got relief from the Punjab and Haryana high court after they moved the court for compensation. However, many applicants hold GPA (General Power of Attorney) and related documents that are not considered for allotment.
New Palam Vihar evictees, however, protested saying the allotment is in violation of a previous out-of-court settlement. “We had agreed to an out-of-court settlement on the condition that GPA/SPA and other document holders will be considered for allotment of plots. This is a total turnaround made by Huda and if the government does not honour the original settlement, then we will approach the Punjab and Haryana high court,” Rishiraj Rana, former councillor who is leading the group, said.
Huda administrator Yashpal Yadav said the authority has decided to consider only those applicants who have registered sale deeds in their name, and titles are clear. “There are 232 applicants out of 566 with GPA and related documents whose case has been forwarded to the attorney general of Haryana to get legal opinion whether they can be considered for rehabilitation. If a positive report comes from Chandigarh, then another draw of lots will be held within next 20 days,” Yadav said.
Citing the recent order passed by him, Yadav said majority of documents submitted by applicants were not registered. “Most of the conveyance deeds are registered outside Haryana and we even gave option to GPA holders to get their sales deeds registered, but this option was not accepted,” he said.
Yadav, however, assured the New Palam Vihar evictees that if the attorney general of Haryana gave a legal opinion in their favour, then a draw of lots for would be conducted for them in the next 20 days. “Things will become clear in next couple of day,” he said.
His assurance did not convince the evictees who are likely to approach the court to get relief as per the settlement reached last year.