After frequent visits to the office of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) for more than a year, Balbir Singh Yadav, 88, got the building plan of his house approved, but with a rider — leave the middle of the plot vacant for a street.
The thoroughfare, which connects Shanti Nagar colony with the service lane of NH-8, passes through Yadav’s plot. Yadav, a former customs department official, had purchased the plot 40 years ago. This was the bone of contention between him and the MCG. But the building plan which Yadav has recently received clearly states that the lane should be left for the public use.
“The sanction is subject to the possession of the middle part of the plot, which is presently being used as thoroughfare by the public,” reads the approval letter in response to Yadav’s application sent in June last year. In the application, Yadav had sought permission to construct boundary walls on his plot, which is near Rajiv Chowk bang on NH-8.
“It’s disheartening. I can’t carry out construction on the land,” said Yadav’s 48-year-old son Dharmender.
Yadav had filed an RTI application at the corporation’s office in April last year, but he didn’t get any reply. Then, he appealed at the commissioner’s office in November. It was followed by another appeal at the state information commissioner’s (SIC) office in December.
When no one from the MCG bothered to respond, the SIC sent an order saying, “Respondents (MCG officials) were not present and are called upon to explain their absence without notice. There is a merit in appellant’s contention and the head of authority (commissioner) is hereby directed to consider redressing the grievance of the appellant.”