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Relief for Palam Vihar residents, Gurgaon court stays MCG demolition

gurgaon Updated: Jun 02, 2017 23:31 IST
Dhananjay Jha

In a relief for residents of Palam Vihar who were issued demolition notices, the Gurgaon district court has ordered a stay on demolition of their houses by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and has scheduled the next date of hearing in the matter on August 18.

The residents, who moved court on Tuesday challenging the MCG directive, heaved a huge sigh of relief. The MCG had put up a demolition notice on an electricity pole in the area and had marked cross (X) signs on the boundary walls of some peripheral houses. The residents were also verbally intimated on part demolition of their premises.

Around 20-25 houses in the Palam Vihar area are facing demolition threat.

Of the residents who are facing demolition threat, two, who are property owners as well, moved a local court seeking a stay on the MCG’s plan to raze parts of their houses.

Abhishek Singh, the lawyer representing the residents, said, “The court has set the next hearing on August 18.It has also summoned Ansal API, the developer of Palam Vihar. That the court has admitted our case and granted us another hearing on August 18 is a huge relief for us.”

Responding to one of the two petitions filed by the two property owners seeking a stay on demolition, the court of Justice Indu Bala had posted the matter for hearing on Tuesday.

“While she set the next hearing on July 1, the court of Justice Ashish Arya, who took up our second petition for hearing on Wednesday, scheduled the next date of hearing on August 18. Though temporary, it is a big relief for us,” Ishu Aggarwal, one of the petitioners, said.

The residents’ welfare association (RWA) of Palam Vihar has also slammed the MCG for threatening the residents with demolition.

“The road leading from Spanish Court towards New Palam Vihar via Bazgera Railway crossing, over which the railway overbridge is proposed to be built, is 38 metres wide. Instead of issuing demolition notices to residents, the MCG must conduct a measurement of areas opposite Palam Vihar and remove encroachments. There is no question of residents encroaching on government land,” Sunil Yadav, president, RWA, said.

On May 24, the MCG along with officials of the district revenue department conducted a survey and claimed that portions of 20-25 houses were found to be encroaching on an area earmarked for the proposed overbridge at Bazgera Crossing connecting Palam Vihar to New Palam Vihar.