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Farmhouse owners cry foul over razing

Faizan Haider, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, February 08, 2011
First Published: 01:00 IST(8/2/2011) | Last Updated: 01:02 IST(8/2/2011)

With the threat of demolition looming large on farmhouses located on Old Delhi road in Gurgaon, owners have stopped taking fresh bookings for wedding parties. Farmhouse owners are unsure about the future and claim they receive panic calls from customers daily.

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Most of the banquet halls facing the demolition heat are booked till March.

"Twenty-two weddings are scheduled to be held at my farmhouse this month alone. Same is the case with other halls. The administration is targeting us because we are a small group and unlikely to resist. We have spent our life savings and will not let the government demolish our only source of income," said Om Prakash Kataria, owner of Natraj Greens.

According to a survey conducted by the district administration, 12,287 structures on 2,323 acres and 20 colonies have mushroomed illegally in the area.

According to the Indian Air Force Act and Defence Property Rules, no construction is allowed within 1,000 yards from the boundary of an ammunition depot.

"We are already booked till March but are not taking any fresh bookings. Since morning, I have received a dozen calls from those who have booked the farmhouse," said Dipak, owner of Dana Choga restaurant and banquet hall.

The government, however, wants to remove farmhouses first as the use of crackers during weddings can be dangerous with an ammunition depot just 50 metres away.


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