Palam Vihar residents in panic after MCG demolition notices

The MCG has assured of a fresh survey of the area to rectify errors, if any

gurgaon Updated: May 27, 2017 23:08 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
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As per a survey conducted by the MCG, the houses where the 25 families reside were found to be encroaching on government land.(HT PHOTO)

Around 25 families are in panic at Palam Vihar after receiving a sudden intimation from officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) on demolition of parts of their houses.

The MCG and officials of district revenue department claimed to have found that portions of these houses are encroaching onto a space earmarked for a proposed railway overbridge at Bazgera Crossing between Palam Vihar and New Palam Vihar. Palam Vihar is a licensed colony developed by private builder Ansal API. It also developed Sushant Lok, another upscale private colony near Iffco Chowk.

The owners of the affected houses and members of residents’ welfare association (RWA), Palam Vihar, met Anu Sheokand, joint commissioner, MCG, and handed a memorandum highlighting their concerns on Friday.

The owners have appealed for a fresh survey of the land.

Ishu Aggarwal, one of the affected house owners, said, “I was shocked when my wife informed me over phone that MCG men put up a demolition notice on our outer wall. I have the registration paper of the plot along with revenue record and map. It’s not possible that even an inch of our plot would encroach on government land.”

“I guess the officials made a mistake while conducting the measurement. I am sure the error could be rectified if a fresh measurement or survey is undertaken. Like other residents who have received demolition notices, I have a proof of plot measurement supplied to us by the town planning and revenue departments. We hope the MCG will correct the error,” Devendra Pandey, another house owner, said.

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The road from inner Gurgaon leading towards Delhi via the railway crossing and covering areas such as Palam Vihar and New Palam Vihar has turned messy and chaotic due to a sudden surge in traffic movement.

Hence, to ease traffic chaos, a railway overbridge was proposed at the crossing.

Anu Sheokand told Hindustan Times that she will have a fresh survey of the road conducted by revenue department officials and executives of Ansal API.

“I assured the residents that there will be a fresh survey. If there is, indeed, any error in the earlier survey, it will be rectified. As per the earlier survey, portions of these houses have been found to be encroaching on the government land. Their panic is justified. After meeting them, I decided to conduct measurements afresh in the next couple of days in the presence of house owners and Ansal API executives,” Sheokand said.

A senior executive Ansal API, said, “Our legal cell is looking into complaints from residents.”

First Published: May 27, 2017 23:08 IST