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Maruti told to explain unit in prohibited area

india Updated: Mar 29, 2011 00:44 IST
Sanjeev Verma

Taking serious note of the illegal construction that has cropped up within 900 meters restricted zone from boundary of Air Force ammunition depot at Gurgaon, Punjab and Haryana high court has directed managing director of Maruti Udyog limited to clear his stand as to how the unit had come up in prohibited area.

The directions were also issued to Haryana government to ensure that henceforth no structure should come up within the restricted zone.

Union ministry of defence's policy does not allow any construction to be raised within the restricted area from the boundary wall of defence establishments due to security reasons.

As per the details submitted by the district town planner of Gurgaon, Bhuvnesh Kumar to the court, along with other small/large industrial units located in Sector 18, a big unit of Maruti Udyog limited also falls in restricted area.

It was also told that a total of 10,368 owners had raised unauthorized construction in the
restricted area. The court was also informed that even the restricted area also included the offices of Haryana government including that of Haryana Urban Development Authority(HUDA).

On this, the bench headed by justice Rajive Bhalla directed HUDA and Haryana government to submit the detailed affidavits as to how these offices had come up in the restricted zone.

The directions came during the resumed hearing of a contempt petition filed by one Mukesh Malik.

During hearing of the case, counsel appearing on behalf of union government, Onkar Singh Batalvi, informed the court that he had received the instructions from appropriate authorities that it was not possible to shift ammunition depot from its existing place.

The high court earlier on February 15, while observing that the illegal construction could not had been possible without connivance of Gurgaon district town planners in the last 10 years, had directed that it would be appropriate to take action against them.

Last month Gurgaon administration had taken a decision that now onwards no basic amenity i.e. drinking water; sewerage and storm water drainage would be made available in unauthorised areas.

Around 4,000 residents of colonies located around the Air Force ammunition depot had blocked the Atul Kataria chowk, Gurgaon on February 7 protesting against district administration's proposal to demolish their colonies.

The matter would now come up for hearing on April 20.