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Demolition drive biased, allege residents of New Palam Vihar

india Updated: Dec 09, 2011 00:59 IST
Dhananjay Jha

The district town planning (DTP) enforcement wing has earned criticism from the residents of New Palam Vihar for adopting a pick-and-choose policy during it’s demolition drive.

Area residents, particularly those whose houses have been dismantled, have expressed concern over the biased policy of the officials concerned. They have appealed to the Gurgaon DC to look into the matter.

The DTP enforcement conducted the drive along the 3 km stretch (road) connecting Bazgera village on the one hand and Palam Vihar (through New Palam Vihar), on the other.

The 121-foot wide stretch is under jurisdiction of the public works department, and has encroached green belts on both the sides.

The DTP enforcement had not served notices on those people whose houses were demolished, neither the officials showed them the notice.

While the 3 km stretch had many houses with their front walls, gates, porticos etc falling in the green belts, the department dismantled only three houses.

“My house was dismantled. I had requested officials to show me the notice but they did not. I wanted to see which portion of my house was in the green belt,” said Mahesh Kumar, whose house was one of three which were dismantled.

The department is said to have conducted the drive in order to clear the 121-foot road from the encroachers and improve its condition so as to link it with the upcoming northern peripheral road passing through Bazgera village.

Dilbag Singh, district town planner (enforcement) said, “There was no pick-and-choose policy. The department acted to prevent completion of the construction work.”