A group of residents protested against the district town planning (DTP) department, Gurgaon, on Sunday demanding immediate construction of a demolished boundary wall at the southern side of Sushant Lok I block A.
The DTP enforcement had demolished the boundary wall to make a thoroughfare access or connectivity between south and north end of the A block but the residents have voiced strong objection to the move.
Residents living in houses close to the boundary wall in question said, two weeks ago, the DTP, influenced by a ‘wrong set of people’, demolished the boundary wall secretly and abruptly.
Residents said the boundary wall was there ever since Sushant Lok area was developed around 30 years ago.
“Only in 2010, when a small group housing (Ivy Apartment) project was being developed in the adjoining southeast area by a different developer, our boundary wall was intentionally damaged. But, later, we managed to construct it. All of a sudden, by the end of February, we found that the boundary was demolished once again. Security has become a major cause of concern for residents after the demolition,” Dr V Sethi of Sushant Lok said. The protest was peaceful and symbolic only to highlight the security concern, he said.
“We want the security issue addressed by the department (DTP),” Sethi said.
Residents said the thoroughfare may lead to cutting of trees and encroachment of children’s play area, issues that A block residents had settled by erecting the boundary wall earlier.
AK Nagpal, president, Sushant Lok residents welfare association, said, “There are trees, swings etc., that will be ruined to make the thoroughfare. The department has made a mistake by demolishing the wall.”
The residents of Ivy Apartment also held a meeting with the A block residents to settle the dispute.
Vijay Chopra, resident, Ivy Apartments, said, “We met Sushant Lok residents after their protest and we held a healthy discussion in this regard to resolve the security concern and we are satisfied.”
Rajinder Sharma, DTP enforcement, said, “We have taken a lawful action only as no one can block entry/exit illegally. We had informed residents in advance. We had also told residents to remove the boundary wall so that connectivity could be made.”