The drive to release prime land from the clutches of encroachers in Huda sectors left nearly 300 slumdwellers dwellers in sectors 38 and 39 homeless on Wednesday.
Mild protest by the locals was countered with the help of heavy deployment of police forces.
It is estimated that a total of nearly 25 acres along the Gurgaon expressway, in close proximity to Medanta Medicity hospital, was evacuated today.
While the slumdwellers had occupied around two acres of Huda land, the demolition squad removed as many as 20 buildings and four boundary walls erected around some vacant Huda plots at Jharsa village in Sector 39.
The squad then rushed to Sector 38 where several plots, earmarked as school, shopping complex, nursing home sites, had been grabbed by encroachers.
“These sites were either earmarked for public utility purposes like shopping complex, schools, hospitals etc. Many plots were vacant which people had occupied,” said a senior Huda official, adding that now tenders will be floated for the same.
Huda, in two recent anti-encroachment drives at Sector 45 (Kanhai village) and Sector 38-39 (Jharsa village), had freed 50 acres of land from encroachers.
“It is a big gain for the administration as residents in these areas need community centres, nursing homes, schools and parks,” said Praveen Kumar, Huda administrator, who supervised the drive.
On November 22, Praveen Kumar hit himself with a shoe at the Sikandarpur-Bristol Chowk in Gurgaon to pacify an angry crowd while leading a demolition drive.
He arrived at the spot with other Huda officials to carry out a court order to demolish illegal constructions on a 500-yard stretch.
As the crowd, mostly local shopkeepers, grew restive, Kumar sensed danger and took off his shoes and hit himself. He also touched the feet of the people around.
“My aim was to remove unauthorised constructions, and not to hurt people's sentiments. I didn't do any thing wrong as it was the only way to prove my innocence,” he said.