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Demolition squad spares no building

The district administration on Thursday demolished illegal structures in the restricted 900-metre stretch surrounding the Indian Air Force ammunition depot. Structures spread over 100 acres in Om Vihar near Sector 23A were razed.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2011 00:47 IST
HT Correspondent

The district administration on Thursday demolished illegal structures in the restricted 900-metre stretch surrounding the Indian Air Force ammunition depot. Structures spread over 100 acres in Om Vihar near Sector 23A were razed.

The demolition squad destroyed two multi-storey buildings, boundary walls, tin sheds, under-construction houses, numbering two dozen. Two bulldozers and a demolition machine were used.

Gurgaon deputy commissioner PC Meena deputed sub-divisional magistrate (north) Satender Duhan as the duty magistrate during the demolition drive.

MCG joint commissioner Veena Hooda, along with ACP Sumer Singh, led the squad. District town planner (enforcement) Dilbag Singh and Gurgaon tehsildar Pankaj Setia were also involved. The squad completed its job under police protection. The demolition work started at 10am and ended at 5pm.

The issue of illegal constructions in the 900-metre restricted zone is pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. As per the HC order, the Gurgaon administration has banned registration of sale deeds of plots in this area.

Meena said sale deed of immovable property in the unauthorised colony can't be registered, and if anybody found such a case, it should be reported immediately. The officer who executed the sale deed will be punished.

Teams have been formed to keep tabs on illegal construction in the restricted area. Meena has asked people to help curb illegal construction around the ammunition depot.

He has encouraged residents to inform about suspicious activities seen in the prohibited zone. Such information can be sent by post, email or via other means. Meena said the identity of the informer will be kept secret.

The deputy commissioner has also directed officials to be vigilant. Power connections to illegal structures in the area will be disconnected and all borewells will be sealed. After serving notice to violators, the structure should be photographed and then demolished.

To ensure accountability, the deputy commissioner said if unauthorised construction is found during inspection by any senior officer, the in-charge officer will be held responsible.