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Gurgaon: Barrier on Sector 21 road to check heavy vehicles riles residents

Residents want the barrier of heavy vehicles removed and act against the one who erected it

gurgaon Updated: Nov 04, 2017 22:35 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
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The barrier in Sector 21 has been erected to check the passage of heavy vehicles shuttling between Bijwasan in Delhi and Gurgaon.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)

A barrier for stopping heavy vehicles, erected on a road in the middle of Sector 21, has emerged as a growing concern for residents nearby.

While the barrier was being erected, many residents gathered on site and even argued with the men at work, telling them that it will impede the movement of heavy vehicles between Bijwasan (in Delhi) and Gurgaon. They even informed the police.

Upset over their pleas being ignored by the workers on site, the residents are now counting on the Haryana urban development authority (Huda) and the police to take necessary action.

“We have written to the Huda and the police that we want the barrier removed. We also want the police to act against the person who erected it,” Raj Singh Yadav, a resident, said, adding that the barrier has been hindering the movement of locals and commuters since being installed.

Since the Huda is the custodian of the sector road, the residents want the authority to file a police complaint in this matter.

“The barrier to check heavy vehicles has been erected at the wrong place. It is right in the middle of the sector, near the market. While I doubt how effective it has been in preventing heavy vehicles from plying on the stretch, it has surely made life a lot more difficult for us. It would have been better had the barrier been erected outside the sector, towards Bijwasan. Shortly after it was erected, a goods vehicle (a tempo) had rammed the barrier,” Praveen Yadav, another resident, said.

However, Umed Singh, president, residents’ welfare association (RWA), Sector 21, said, “We (RWA) support the installation of the barrier, as it will stop the plying of heavy vehicles on this (sector) road. Goods vehicles, shuttling between Bijwasan and Gurgaon, often pass through this sector to avoid paying tax levied by the MCG (Municipal Corporation of Gurugram) at the Kapashera and Sirhaul toll points.”

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A senior Huda official, however, said that the barrier had been erected without seeking the requisite permission of the authority.

Sanjiv Singla, estate officer (EO), Huda, said, “No one, including the RWA, has the right to raise such a barrier without seeking the approval of the Huda. I have already sought a report from the officials concerned and will look into the matter on Monday. There should be a valid reason and approval from the competent authority and the police to erect a barrier or a gate in sectors to check the movement of heavy vehicles.”

First Published: Nov 04, 2017 22:35 IST