Liquor ban: Gurgaon Sector 29 wall replaced by jersey barriers a day after its removal
A day after the demolition of a wall on Leisure Valley road, jersey barriers were put up in its place on the road to the Sector 29 marketgurgaon Updated: Apr 26, 2017 12:53 IST
A day after the demolition of a two-and-a-half-foot high wall on Leisure Valley road, jersey barriers were put up in its place on Tuesday morning and the road to the Sector 29 market was blocked again. Officials claimed the barriers were put up following residents’ complaints of traffic problems near Leisure Valley park and in Sector 29 market.
Earlier, the wall was constructed on one side of the jersey barriers two days before April 11 when officials measured the distance to pubs and bars in Sector 29 market from national highway (NH) 8. The wall was removed on Monday following a complaint by Chandigarh resident Harman Singh Sidhu, the man who moved the petition in the Supreme Court following which the court imposed a ban on liquor sale within 500 metres of state and national highways.
Huda officials of Gurgaon received the complaint from the headquarters in Chandigarh, after which the wall was removed. The wall had blocked the main road that goes from the highway’s service lane to the Sector 29 market.
According to Huda officials, they had earlier put up jersey barriers to manage traffic in the area, but don’t know who constructed the wall behind the barriers. “It is a matter of investigation and we are enquiring into the same,” said Vivek Kalia, Huda estate officer, Gurgaon.
Officials said the wall was constructed by some people to mislead the committee measuring the distance of pubs and bars from the highway. There are 15 pubs and bars that got approval to serve liquor on Monday evening after their measurement was conducted on April 13.
“A complaint (regarding the wall) was forwarded from the headquarters to look into the matter. A wall was illegally constructed just behind the jersey barriers. It was demolished on Sunday. As far as the jersey barriers are concerned, they are for diverting traffic and are not illegal. We are further planning the area and there may be certain cosmetic changes in the coming days,” said Vivek Kalia, Huda estate officer.
According to officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), on February 28 a representation was received from Leisure Valley Walkers’ Association indicating problems due to unregulated and haphazard traffic flow around Leisure Valley and the Sector 29 market.
The MCG had sent a letter to the deputy commissioner of police (DCP), traffic, stating that since the matter relates to traffic management and regulating vehicular movement, it relates to the police department, which is requested help the members of the walkers’ association.