In a major relief for residents of Sector 15-I, a city court ordered status quo to be maintained on the proposed setting up of a CNG station on the land of Rose Garden.
The court was hearing a petition filed by the Sector 15 residents’ welfare association (RWA) on Wednesday.
The Haryana City Gas Distribution Limited (HCGDL) had decided to set up a CNG station and land for the same had been allotted to it by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda).
The court's decision comes as a victory for residents who had strongly opposed the move which would have reduced the size of the park drastically and resulted in the loss of green cover.
“The court gave due consideration to our appeal that the CNG station would ruin greenery and damage ecological balance in the area,” said lawyer Satish Luthra, who represented the residents.
The proposed CNG station was to be constructed on half acre land in the garden.
A minimum of 55 full-grown trees will have to be chopped to clear the land for the CNG station and the forest department too had objected to it.
“We do not want trees to be cut mercilessly. I had suggested the agency to see some alternative site for the CNG station,” said range officer Devender Rao.
The setting up of a CNG station needs clearance from the forest department for axing the trees.
“We were worried about the way Huda allotted the land in question, violating the zonal plan of the town planning department which defines the area as a green belt,” said a resident of Sector 15-I, Ramesh Vasistha.
The HCGDL has so far set up five CNG stations which are operational in the city and eight more are proposed, of which the Rose Garden was one.