A demolition squad of the Haryana Urban Develop-ment Authority (Huda) on Sunday freed 2.5 acres of prime land from encroachment near Leisure Valley in Sector 29. The land was occupied by slum dwellers.
Just a few metres off the Gurgaon Expressway, the land is prime property is worth several crores.
In its two-day-long anti-encroachment drive that ended on Sunday, the Huda demolished dwellings and a few small grocery stores that had mushroomed illegally the years. The occupants were given a one month's notice with an alternative to shift to a site in Sector 30, said SK Rana, sub divisional engineer (survey), who led the demolition squad.
Officials said the recovered land will be developed as a green belt initially, and depending on the need, a CLU (change of land used) may be issued. The drive will continue for a month in other sectors too.
In recent months, under the leadership of Huda administrator Praveen Kumar, the civic body has embarked upon a mammoth drive against encroachment in Gurgaon. Markets, parking areas and residential areas have been cleared of illegal occupants, including a few land mafia gangs.
Major drives have been carried out at Iffco Chowk, Sector 17 A, the Sikanderpur marble market, Kanhai village and Sectors 32, 33, 39 and 43.
At Iffco chowk, a liquor vend was removed, while around 6-7 acres of land was recovered from a mafia at Kanhai village. Stray incidents of violence were also reported at Kanhai village. Slum dwellers were ousted from Sectors 32, 33, 39 and 43.
In Sector 43, behind Richmond Park in DLF City, slums had spread across nearly four acres.
In January, around 49 marble shops spread across 15 acres were sealed at the Sikanderpur marble market.