Despite an ultimatum by SS Dhillon, financial commissioner, Haryana town and country planning department, residents of New Palam Vihar have refused to withdraw their protest against construction of the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR).
A demolition squad of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) was forced to return empty-handed last Friday when residents stopped work and exchanged heated arguments with the officials.
Huda officials said they are now waiting for instructions from the office of Dhillon.
The 18-km long NPR, also called the Dwarka Expressway, has missed a number of deadlines and work is under way only on a 14-km stretch as the remaining portion is under litigation.
Huda engineers had gone to demolish boundary walls of some commercial properties as well as vacant houses but people gathered in large numbers.
An altercation began when Huda officials demolished a single-storey house which they claimed was vacant but oustees claimed they had been living there.
Rishi Raj Rana, area municipal councillor, said, “We will not allow any kind of work on the NPR until we are compensated according to the high court direction. We are ready to face any form of action.”
Dhillon had given a 15-day ultimatum to Huda superintending and executive engineers on January 24 to put up signages showing NPR work in progress, with stay and non-stay indications. He had also ordered demolition of structures coming in the way and where there was no court stay.
“We told people to allow work on the portion not under litigation and the government is trying to solve the issue at the earliest. We also informed residents that the government would submit its policy in the high court,” said Huda administrator Praveen Kumar.