HC seeks reply from Haryana govt over Gurgaon ward demarcation

Court issues asks state why it should not be directed to constitute new committee for demarcation. It could delay MCG elections

gurgaon Updated: Jul 25, 2017 23:26 IST
Kartik Kumar
Kartik Kumar
Hindustan Times
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If the court directs the government to form an expert committee, elections to the MCG cannot take place until the court reviews the panel’s recommendations.(Parveen Kumar/HT File)

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday issued a show cause notice to the state government, asking it to explain why it should not be directed to constitute a new committee to reconsider demarcation of wards.

The court’s notice came on a civil petition challenging the demarcation of municipal wards in Gurgaon.

In its order, the two-member bench of Justice Surya Kant and Sudhir Mittal asked the state government why it should not be directed to form a committee, “headed by an officer in the rank of a secretary, to re-consider the objections filed by the petitioners or other residents against the draft notification for delimitation of wards”.

The court sought a reply from the government on August 1. The court, though, has not deferred or stayed the elections, which are due but have yet not been announced by the government.

But if the court directs the government to form an expert committee, elections cannot take place until the HC reviews the panel’s recommendations.

The civil writ petition was submitted by members of Qutub Enclave RWA of DLF Phase 1, Bhup Singh a resident of Tigra village, INLD leader Rishi Raj Rana and Jile Singh, RWA president of Saraswati Vihar.

Gurgaon has been without elected municipal councillors since June 2016 after a delimitation order issued by the directorate of urban local bodies (ULB) stated that the MCG wards needed to be reshuffled on the basis of the 2011 census.

According to the ULB order, cities with a population between eight lakh and 10 lakh need to be allotted 32 wards. The total number of wards under the MCG was 35.

In 2011, an MCG survey claimed that the city’s population was 11.53 lakh. As per the 2011 census, released later, the population was 9.1 lakh.

The petitioners contended that MCG had submitted an affidavit before the court during hearing on another petition of theirs, claiming that the civic body had conducted a door-to-door survey of population figures for the upcoming elections.

“After MCG’s submission, we submitted a Right to Information (RTI) application to the MCG asking them whether they conducted any door-to-door population survey for the upcoming elections. The RTI reply stated that no such survey was conducted and hence we filed a fresh petition,” RS Rathee, president, RWA, Qutub Enclave in DLF Phase 1, said.

One of the other contentions raised by the petitioners included the removal of DLF Phase 4 from ward number 34 in the updated demarcated wards.

First Published: Jul 25, 2017 23:26 IST