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Only road to CWG shooting venue washed away

The recent rains have washed away the only narrow kuccha approach road meandering through a Gurgaon village leading to the Kadarpur CRPF fullbore shooting range, one of the venues for the Commonwealth Games.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2010 23:33 IST
Sanjeev Ahuja

The recent rains have washed away the only narrow kuccha approach road meandering through a Gurgaon village leading to the Kadarpur CRPF fullbore shooting range, one of the venues for the Commonwealth Games.

Huge potholes have rendered the passage almost non-motorable even as the Haryana government continues to fight a legal battle to complete a missing link of the 60 metre wide and 3.5 kilometre long master road connecting DLF Golf Course Road with the shooting range.

Residents of Ullawas village have secured a court stay against the acquisition of 5.5 acres in the middle of the stretch, leaving people no choice but to use the rough patch.

The negotiations between Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and landowners failed to yield result on Thursday and the matter has now reached the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

On Friday, the court deferred the hearing to August 30 when it is likely to announce its decision on the writ petition filed by HUDA to vacate the stay.

Worried, CRPF and HUDA officials are pinning their hopes on Monday when the court announces its verdict. CRPF DIG M.C. Panwar, however, claimed that there was nothing to worry about, as the court was likely to announce its decision in HUDA’s favour.

“We have been assured by the Gurgaon administration that the same 150-metre narrow passage would be constructed as a proper road though heavy vehicles could have some problem. We also have another approach road to the shooting range from Badshahpur village through Sohna Road, which is little longer as compared to the existing Sector 56 Road,” said Panwar.

In their bid to persuade the landowners, the HUDA officials had offered them 350 sq yard plots in Sector 56 in lieu of the acquired land.

The landowners, however, demanded plots in Sector 51 and commercial booths too, HUDA officials claimed.

HUDA administrator Nitin K Yadav said that since the dialogue with the landowners failed to bear fruit, the matter was back in court.

The Kadarpur range, built at a cost of Rs 40 crore, will play host to around 35-40 fullbore shooters during the CWG.

The Sports Ministry has shortlisted a group of eight core-group marksmen for the event but they haven’t been provided rifles yet.