Some marble traders of Sikanderpur market, who have been fighting a legal battle with the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) since 2005, have finally agreed to vacate their plots. "Two traders surrendered lease documents on Monday. They will vacate the land in three days," said MCG commissioner Sudhir Rajpal.
The land of Sikanderpur village was leased out to the marble market by the then village panchayat in 1999 for five years. Even after the expiry of the lease agreement, the traders continued to set shop on stay granted from time to time by the Punjab and Haryana high court.
"We have submitted lease papers to the commissioner. We have requested for three days' time to shift tonnes of marble," said Om Prakash, a trader.
On Tuesday, three more traders were to surrender their papers but they could not meet Rajpal. There are a total of 34 marble traders in Sikanderpur.
"The commissioner had gone to Chandigarh. We will surrender our papers on Wednesday," said a trader.
The traders want to shift to Sector 33-34, where Huda has set up a dedicated marble market. An executive member of the Sikanderpur Marble Traders' Association said, "I do not want to comment. The association has called a meeting on Wednesday in this regard."