The controversy over a thoroughfare has escalated into a full blown battle between residents of Sector 17A and Sukhrali village.
On Monday, the villagers staged a protest after the Haryana Urban Development Authority initiated the construction of a boundary wall, blocking the road, in Sector 17A.
However, the district administration and Huda officials intervened and diffused the tension. On Tuesday, a meeting was held in which representatives of Sector 17A, Sukhrali and Huda took part.
Praveen Kumar, administrator, Huda, chaired the meeting. He said the work would be started only after the authorities conducted a survey of the area. “I will inspect the sector along with other officials. I will take a call on the boundary wall only after that,” said Praveen Kumar.
The land in question is located in Sector 17A. According to the authorities, Sector 17A was carved out of Sukhrali village. The villagers claim that the road belongs to them and the administration can’t block the passage. The Sector 17A residents have been demanding closure of the road as it was causing “nuisance” to them.
On Monday, a team of officials from Huda and district administration reached the sector with labourers and started digging at border point between sector and village land.
“The administrator has assured us that he will visit the site before taking any decision on the boundary wall. We believe that this is not the solution to the problem,” said Anup Singh, area councillor who was present in the meeting. On the other hand, Sector 17A residents believe that a boundary wall would solve the problem. According to them, the thoroughfare is being used by people living in an illegal colony that came up on vacant agriculture land. “Thefts have become a regular affair. We made several representations to the Huda authorities to block the passage,” said a Sector 17A resident.