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Realtors frown upon sealing of projects

india Updated: Sep 05, 2012 01:06 IST
Deevakar Anand

The Millennium City's builder community has accused the Haryana government of misinterpreting the Punjab and Haryana High Court order of July 31 about sealing of borewells at construction sites, leading to random sealing of their projects.

The HC order had come during a resumed hearing on petitions filed by Sunil Singh and Qutab Enclave Residents Welfare Association, DLF City, in 2009, on depleting groundwater.

During the hearing on Tuesday, the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), an association of developers, contended that the authorities in Gurgaon were 'victimising' the community.

The counsel for NAREDCO, Anand Chibber, told the bench that the developers wanted to be a party to the case. The court told them to take their case to the Gurgaon district administration first.

NAREDCO is likely to file its affidavit on October 3, the next date of hearing.

"No explanation was sought from us before sealing our projects. They did not serve any notice," Chibber told HT.

Realty major DLF's counsel Chetan Mittal said the court did not order the sealing of construction sites on finding a borewell there, as is being done by the town and country planning department. "We are using licenced borewell for the workers," he claimed.

The petitioner's counsel, Nivedita Sharma, rebutted the developers' claim.

"The high-rise buildings have been constructed by using illegal groundwater as the developers' area does not have water connections by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda)," she said.

Meanwhile, as many as 479 builders in Gurgaon have been served notices by the Haryana government to stop construction activity until they produced certificates from the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) informing the source of water supply at their construction sites.

The division bench headed by acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh was informed that the state authorities had constituted 25 teams and surprise checking of sites was going on.