After launching a successful campaign against illegal garbage dumping at a crossing christened ‘Kachra Chowk’ last year, DLF City residents are now up in arms against a land grabbing attempt.
A large jhuggi cluster, a number of hutments and concrete structures have gradually come up on a five-acre piece of land, owned by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) — all in the name of temples.
Located just off the 8-lane sector road connecting MG Road and Kachara Chowk (Faridabad Road), the land is worth crores of rupees.
The squatters have firmed up on this land since 2008, despite residents alerting the administration by providing them photographic evidence, residents say.
As residents mounted pressure, the MCG’s enforcement wing launched a encroachment removal drive on Saturday.
“We have been taking up the issue with the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) for about two years,” said Sumeet Goswami, a resident spearheading the movement.
“Despite this, illegal constructions, including jhuggies, hutments and temples, have come up on this land worth hundreds of crores,” he added.
Residents of the area claimed that encroachment of public land was against the Supreme Court (SC) ruling of 2009, according to which no authorised construction shall be carried out or permitted in the name of temple, church, mosque or gurudwara on public streets, in public parks and in other public places.
On November 17, 2009, Gurgaon district magistrate Rajender Kataria had directed various civic agencies in the sub-city to submit a list of existing unauthorised constructions in the name of religion, built on public places.
This was in non-compliance with the Supreme Court’s order in the Union of India vs State of Gujarat and others.
Kataria had clarified that the Supreme Court had passed an order on SLP (Civil) number 8519 of 2006, Union of India vs State of Gujarat and others on September 29, 2009.
Arun Sharma, joint commissioner, MCG, who led an enforcement squad on Saturday at the site claimed that some illegal structures had been demolished.
“We will now raze these structures with earthmoving machines,”he added.
When asked who had encroached upon the land and what was its size, Sharma expressed ignorance, but said that the land belonged to the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG).