Unlike the blitzkrieg Huda demolition drives over the past few days, an anti-encroachment team beat a hasty retreat in Sector 45 on Monday morning. Let down, residents charged the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) with succumbing to mafia pressure.
Since 2007, sector 45 residents have been waiting for a solution to numerous illegal jhuggis that have mushroomed over 10-15 acres. Locals have stopped approaching the administration to clear the mess as they are too scared as they suspect the involvement of a land mafia.
“These people have illegal electricity connections which creates problems for us. But when the authorities turn a blind eye, what can we do,” said a resident who didn’t want to be identified.
“It seems the Huda administrator is more concerned about the tenants of musclemen than legal residents of the area,” added another.
However, Huda administrator Parveen Kumar refuted the allegations saying he wanted to arrange alternatives before removing the jhuggis.
“There were families with small children. So, we thought we would make some temporary arrangements. I have not given them permission to stay. We have only postponed the demolition drive for a couple of days so that they can prepare themselves mentally,” Kumar explained.
However, in the past 45 days, various demolition drives were carried out in the city.
Nearly 50 acres were cleared of slum clusters and illegal shopping complexes. Nearly 1,000 families were uprooted without thinking of their small children, residents said.