The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) finally woke up and blocked a road constructed illegally by the owner of a five-star hotel through the picturesque Aravalli Hills.
The MCG has dug up roughly three 20-foot long and three-foot deep trenches to block the movement on the stretch which was built to connect the hotel with the Mehrauli-Gurgaon (MG) Road and Gurgaon-Faridabad Road.
The action by the civic body has come after Hindustan Times reported the matter on November 9.
"I reported the matter to our senior officials and got permission to dismantle the road constructed illegally by the hotel owner through green belt of Aravalli," said Raman Sharma, executive engineer (enforcement), MCG.
He said the hotel owner has not yet obtained permission from the competent authority for construction of the road.
Referring to the trench, he said, "This we did just to block any kind of movement through this route. Now we will start plantation in the area."
Earlier, the MCG had asked the hotel owner to wait till the application seeking permission to construct a road is cleared from the concerned authority in Chandigarh.
The matter came to light after a complaint was lodged by RR Rathee, councillor of ward no 34. The councillor had also written to MCG commissioner, forest department and deputy commissioner, seeking action against the hotel owner.
"We are shocked at the autocratic act by the hotel authorities, and more shocking is the MCG officials' ignorance on the issue. It is unbelievable that the MCG officials were not aware of illegal road cut through its land," Rathee said.
The road was built in violation of the mining rules. According to sources, the mining department officials had also raised objection against the construction.