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Admin blamed for illegal structures near IAF depot

Dhananjay Jha, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, September 15, 2011
First Published: 01:21 IST(15/9/2011) | Last Updated: 01:23 IST(15/9/2011)

The Gurgaon administration has failed to stop illegal constructions taking place within the restricted 900-metre periphery of an ammunition depot in the city, the Indian Air Force has said.


“The Air Force station, Gurgaon, has made numerous correspondence and held meetings with the civil authorities to remove unauthorised constructions. A number of times, photographs of the new mushrooming structures have been forwarded to all successive deputy commissioners,” the New Delhi-based Air Force headquarters said in response to an RTI query filed by Hindustan Times.

“The distance of 900 metre around the ammunition depot has been worked out to ensure the safety of the depot as
well as that of the populace residing around it,” it said, adding that lodging several complaints with the police stations concerned also proved ineffective.

On April 22 last year, the Air Force headquarters had raised the issue in the Civil Military Liaison Conference (CMLC).
In the conference was presided over by Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the headquarters said that the depot was a strategic installation to safeguard the national Capital, including the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The Air Force headquarters said that the constructions were enjoying all civic amenities like water, sewer and power connections. It further said that the depot faced a threat, especially in the wake of recent terror activities in the country.

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