Threatened by the prospect of loss of land allotted to them at Sector 33-34 for setting up shops, six marble traders who had allegedly encroached upon public land in Sikanderpur have shifted their shops to the alternative site. This move has added 30,000 sqft more to the land bank of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG).
The district administration had allotted the alternative site so that the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) could reclaim its land from ‘encroachers’. But the traders stayed put at Sikanderpur and started operations from the new site also. MCG Commissioner Sudhir Rajpal, who had recently issued a warning regarding cancellation of the fresh plots allotted to them, welcomed the traders’ move. He asked the remaining traders also to relocate at the earliest.
The six shops that shifted business on January 24 and 25 include Bahubali Marbles (6,000 sq ft), Adhunik Marbles and Granite Traders (4,500 sq ft), Aman Marbles (7,000 sq ft), OP Marble Traders (4,000 sq ft), Italian Marbles (2,000 sq ft) and Gem Stone (6,000 sq ft).
Rajpal, in a letter, had asked the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) to cancel plots allotted to 150 traders in 2004 if they continued to operate from Sikanderpur.
The corporation had requested Huda administrator Praveen Kumar to initiate stringent action against defaulters.
“Many traders have been running their marble businesses from both sites — Sector 33-34 and Sikanderpur. Please initiate stringent action against them,” the letter had said.
Taking note of the issue, Kumar had warned the traders. “If they don’t give us a declaration about the status of their plots, we will conduct an extensive survey to find the defaulters,” Kumar had said.
Meanwhile, traders have appealed to the authorities to return the items seized from them on January 9 and 10. They assured the administration that they would soon relocate to the new site.
However, in a move that may come as a fresh jolt for the businessmen, the MCG commissioner wrote to the Huda and PWD (B&R) departments on January 23 to take away the seized marble. “We cannot say anything about returning the building materials now. But they have shown a positive gesture by vacating the MCG land,” said a senior MCG official.