Defying the orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) have demolished a part of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Park in Sector 14.
The NGT had ordered status quo on the park after an advocate, PK Sharma, filed a petition asking authorities to not construct a CNG station inside the park.
“After I filed my application before the NGT, they ordered status quo maintained in the park. But two weeks later, the MCG demolished one entire side of the park blatantly violating the NGT orders,” said Sharma.
The MCG started demolishing the park to widen the road as a part of its ‘Congestion-free Gurgaon’ campaign.
Officials claim the tender for the project was passed on February 4, but work was delayed as the forest department had not given them permission initially.
According to Sharma, while the civic body had acquired permission to fell trees within the green cover, the park had remained out of their jurisdiction.
“The park does not fall under the green cover. While the MCG has felled the trees, Huda is as much at fault as it is their duty to maintain the park,” he added.
However, the authorities claim they were unaware of the situation as their attention had been diverted due to the elections.
“I am still on election duty and am yet to resume office. However, I will look into the matter personally,” said PC Meena, Huda administrator.
The officials in the MCG claim that they were unaware of the orders passed by the MCG.
“We acquired all permissions necessary to go ahead with the project and we have received no such orders from the MCG,” said YK Garg, superintendent engineer, MCG.