An RTI query regarding alleged misuse of public land seems to have pushed the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) to take action against the offender.
In response to an RTI application, Huda had admitted that part of land meant for a park in Sector 45 has been occupied by one of its officials for years. However, it said action has been initiated against the erring official and the land will be cleared in the next three months.
“We have initiated proceedings to remove the official’s residence from the area within the next three months. We have also ordered necessary investigation to be conducted in this regard”, said Praveen Kumar, Huda administrator.
Earlier, the residents have lodged several complaints seeking removal of the official’s residence from the area. Though the authorities had ensured that the official will be removed in a week’s time, no action has been taken since the past six months.
According to the residents, they had been demanding the setting up of a small market as they face trouble in procuring daily household items in the absence of a grocery shop in the area.
The Residents’ Welfare Association (RWA) general secretary of Sector 45, Surendra Kaushik, said that the authorities have never paid heed to their problems.
“Commercial booths in the sector have not been auctioned in the past 15 years. This is why there are no shops here which lead to major problems for the residents”.
The residents also complained that due to lack of any alternative, three shops operating in the area illegally charge extra from buyers. “We buy things from these shops at unbelievably high rates only because we have no option”, said Yogesh, a resident. Another resident Jaipal complained “Since there is no fencing, pigs enter green belt and soil it”, he added.