The Punjab & Haryana High Court on Wednesday pulled up the state government for the mushrooming of 15,000 illegal constructions within 900 metres restricted area from the Air Force ammunition depot in Gurgaon.
The bench headed by justice Rajive Bhalla directed the government to file a comprehensive affidavit as to under what law, why and when the existing structures were allowed to be raised. These constructions in the restricted area not only include private buildings, but also state government offices.
Also, along with other small/large industrial units located in Sector 18 of Gurgaon, a big unit of Maruti Udyog Limited also falls in restricted area.
The bench directed the state to inform the court about action taken against district town planners posted in Gurgaon in the last 10 years and other officers for negligence in duties.
The high court had, vide its orders dated March 28, directed managing director of Maruti Udyog to clear his stand as to how the unit came up in prohibited area.
The court had earlier observed that illegal construction could not have been possible without the connivance of district town planners.
During the hearing of the case, counsels appearing for various private parties also brought to the notice of the bench that government authorities had allowed development of residential, commercial, industrial structures within the restricted zone.
It was submitted that for raising these structures the authorities had issued licenses, no objection certificates, and permission for change of land use, electricity and water connection.
The court was informed that government agencies were cutting electricity connections and blocking sewerage connections of residents in the western side of the restricted area. Whereas no action was taken on the eastern part where there were government offices.
On the other hand, an affidavit filed by the administrator of HUDA in Gurgaon, Nitin Kumar Yadav, informed the court, “The sectors which lie within 1,000 yards of the restricted belt are 5, 12-A, 14, 17, 18. 22, 23 and 23-A, out of them Sectors 14 and 18 have built-up structures while other have open spaces”.
The officer also informed that for undertaking planned development of Gurgaon town and its neighbouring areas, and to prevent unauthorised urbanisation due to proximity of the town to Delhi, a draft development plan of Gurgaon was published in 1971. Any objections raised were sought within 30 days but none were received by the defense ministry or others.