Gurgaon: Oustees of Kherki Daula fear losing livelihood, apprehensive of facilities in Sec 37C
The NPR is popularly known as Dwarka Expressway.gurgaon Updated: Feb 07, 2018 23:36 IST
As many as 94 families that are to be displaced from Kherki Daula to Sector 37C, for completing a portion of the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR), fear losing their livelihood and are apprehensive of a lack of infrastructure at the new location.
The NPR is popularly known as Dwarka Expressway.
About 94 families are to be displaced from the village to an earmarked location in Sector 37C, eight kilometres from their present residences. The move comes after the residents had engaged in a nine-year battle with the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) to save their ancestral land and built-up houses from acquisition for NPR.
“We have two cows and we sell milk to earn money. Besides, we grow seasonal vegetables also and sell these. At the new location, which is far from here, we would not have space for these things. We are worried about our livelihood as we will have to sell our cows now,” Jhanda Singh, a resident, said.
Singh said, “Around 15-20 families have cows, buffaloes and goats and depend on farming for their livelihood. There are more than 25 families that run shops and depend on income from these. So we believe nearly fifty families will lose their cattle, shops and vegetable crops, immediately after the demolition of houses.”
The displaced families are also apprehensive of availability of basic amenities in Sector 37C, as Huda has not yet removed the high voltage electricity line passing through the land. Huda has not yet provided water and sewer facilities in the new sector.
Shyam Lal, an oustee, said, “We are low-salaried people and depend on our shops for livelihood. The transition period from dismantling houses here and building new ones would take six to nine months at least, which would be critical for us.”
NPR, an 18 kilometre-long road that is 150 metres wide, was conceptualised in 2007 by Haryana government as a bypass from the Delhi Airport to Jaipur via new Gurgaon sectors, from 81-115. A little curve or a reduction of 15 metres of width could have saved many families of lower-middle-class who reside here, the residents alleged.
The families accused the Haryana government of favouring builders at the cost of their lands and livelihood.
“The developers’ lobby is very powerful. We contributed money to fight the case but lost. We are poor and cannot continue to fight with builders and the government,” Mahender Yadav, a resident, said. With no hope of relief, the families agreed to shift to Sector 37C in 2015, he said.
“Huda has allotted plot possession at Sector 37C to only 30 families so far but the officials have pasted warning notices on all our houses, asking us to vacate the area. Where will rest of the families will go? What is our fault? How will we survive? We posed these questions to the administrator of Huda, Gurgaon, but he remained silent,” Mahabir, an oustee, said.
Yashpal Yadav, administrator of Huda, Gurgaon, said, “Huda has to displace them to complete construction of the NPR, up to NH near Kherki Daula, as per Master Plan for seamless connectivity in new Sectors 81-83. Huda selected families on the basis of a survey by a competent team and it is providing them amenities at Sector 37C.”
“On the direction of the high court in May 2015, the final terms of settlement was reached mutually by the affected families and Huda. Accordingly, Huda should set up amenities before issuing a notice the affected families for shifting,” Shailendra Jain, senior high court advocate, said.