Amid protests by local residents, the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), under its anti-encroachment drive, demolished some illegal constructions in Udyog Vihar Phase 4 on Wednesday.
Bulldozers rolled into plot number 238, measuring about one-and-a-half acres of land. All illegal houses built on the plot were razed, officials said. The area was encroached upon by the locals.
"The government had acquired the land years ago and all the existing constructions were declared unauthorised," said Hamveer Singh, DGM, HSIIDC.
"But people from nearby villages, who had encroached upon the area, were not ready to leave the land. We were forced to raze the illegal structures," said Singh. The locals were intimated about the action earlier, he added.
"The encroachers had approached the Punjab and Haryana high court. But their petitions were dismissed by the high court. Then they moved the Supreme Court, which upheld the high court's ruling in the matter," the DGM said.
The occupants were not supposed to do any construction work there, HSIIDC sources said.
However, owners of the illegal houses have their own stories to say. They protested the government's action and tried to prevent their houses from being razed. The protesters alleged that the demolition drive was completely biased. Tight security arrangements were made at the demolition site to keep protesters away.
"Our houses were built years ago. Now, we have no place to live. The government has brought this irreparable damage on us," said Kuldeep Kumar, an owner.
"They had to vacate the place any how. There is no point of saying that the drive was illegal or biased," said Singh, adding that the
land encroachment was a hindrance to carry out a road project that will connect phase 4 of Udyog Vihar with Atlas Chowk. The work on construction of the road will soon begin.