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Gurgaon court stays land acquisition for widening Bajghera rail crossing

After a survey, the municipal corporation had marked several properties in New Palam Vihar for demolition

gurgaon Updated: Jun 13, 2017 23:52 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
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The Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari railway line separates New Palam Vihar and Palam Vihar.(HT File)

The construction of a flyover at the Bajghera Railway crossing has hit a hurdle with a local resident obtaining a stay from the court against the demolition of structures.

The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) may find it difficult to remove structures and acquire land after the stay order came on Monday.

The Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari railway line separates New Palam Vihar and Palam Vihar and both areas are located along the road from Sector 5 in Gurgaon to Bijwasan near the Delhi border via the Bajghera crossing.

On May 18, a local court granted relief to two residents of Palam Vihar, halting demolition plan of the MCG for the construction of the flyover.

In the last decade, this road has witnessed a huge increase in traffic from Gurgaon, West Delhi and Haryana. Bajghera railway crossing emerged as a perennial choke point.

In 2011, a plan was proposed to double the railway crossing width but it never translated into reality.

Sachin Rana, a resident of New Palam Vihar, who the obtained the stay order, said, “There was no need of a flyover here as the area is congested and that is why the Railways had proposed the widening of the crossing. But the Haryana government proposed a flyover. After that, the survey was done and several houses were earmarked for demolition.”

“I have four plots that the survey officials claimed were falling in the alignment of the proposed flyover. I challenged the survey and got a stay from the court. The next hearing is on July 31, but before that, the court has asked for a fresh survey,” he said.

Anu Sheokand, MCG joint commissioner, said, “The municipal corporation will file a reply to the court and initiate action accordingly.”

In New Palam Vihar and Palam Vihar, several houses have been earmarked for partial demolition. In May, the MCG staff created panic among residents by earmarking houses for demolition.

“Fearing demolition, we had moved the local court for relief. The court will hear our petition on August 18. However temporary, the stay order is a huge relief for us,” said Ishu Aggarwal, a resident of Palam Vihar.

First Published: Jun 13, 2017 23:50 IST