Over 20,000 property owners have decided to approach the Supreme Court asking it to direct the defence ministry to shift an ammunition depot from the Millennium City.
Earlier, the apex court had given some relief to the property owners, after they appealed against a Punjab and Haryana High Court directive that all constructions within a 900-metre radius of the ammunition depot be demolished. The SC had then directed that status quo be maintained for the time being.
The restricted area (900-metre radius of the ammunition depot on Old Delhi Road close to sectors 17 and 18) includes over 20,000 residences housing 1.5 lakh people. A large number of people affected by the high court decision are serving and retired defence personnel.
After Tuesday’s meeting, president of the Gurgaon Citizens’ Council, RS Rathee said, “We will now approach the Supreme Court with a plea to issue directions to the defence ministry for the ammunition depot to be relocated.”
The council has already sent letters to the Haryana chief minister, chief secretary, Huda chief administrator, police commissioner and other senior officials explaining their position.
A petitioner, Gaje Singh Kablana, said, “The city has grown in terms of population and in today’s context, the presence of an ammunition depot (housing explosives and potentially dangerous), is a serious threat to lakhs of people.”
The council, meanwhile, has demanded that the MCG regularise the residential areas around the ammunition depot.