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Silokhra residents stop construction of road to proposed BJP office

gurgaon Updated: May 24, 2017 22:17 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times

Taking their protest over acquisition of land to yet another panchayat area, Silokhra residents, on Wednesday, stopped construction of a road that is to connect the proposed office of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The villagers have opposed the acquisition of ‘common land’ by the Haryana urban development authority (Huda) for setting up the party office.

A good number of residents gathered for the panchayat summoned to discuss the issue. After the meeting, they shot off a fresh letter to the district administration seeking their intervention in the matter.

After a panchayat held on May 14, the villagers had written to the state government and the Centre voicing their opposition to the acquisition of land.

“After the first panchayat, we had warned the district administration of a protest to stop construction of a road by the Huda connecting the location where the proposed party office is supposed to come up. The stretch will lead on to the main road connecting Huda City Centre to Signature Tower,” Omprakash Sharma, former sarpanch, said.

After panchayat, the residents marched towards the Huda City Centre Road and stopped construction work. The residents held up posters and banners with slogans against allotment of land to a political party and a proposed group housing society for MPs and MLAs as they marched to the Huda City Centre Road. Later, they sent letters to MCG commissioner V Umashankar, Huda administrator Yashpal Yadav and deputy commissioner (DC) Hardeep Singh seeking their intervention into the matter.

The residents, in their letter, demanded immediate cancellation of group housing project for legislators and the land allotment for the BJP office. They called for the setting up of a community centre, banquet hall, park, water bodies by the Huda over the 12 village plots acquired in 2011.

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“We have appealed to the MCG commissioner to intervene and save our common land from being destroyed. The panchayat fought for 17 long years to save the land. In 2008-09, MCG took control of the village but did not save our lands from being used for wrong purposes. We will not allow the BJP office and the group housing society to come up on our land,” Mukesh Sharma, a resident, said.

The Huda had issued a land acquisition notice to the panchayat in 1989. The panchayat moved Punjab and Haryana High Court and the issue was in court till 2008-’09. However, the villagers said they have no clue about the court’s judgment in the case and current status of the land.

“We were kept in dark by the MCG after that about status of land. It was only a few weeks ago that we came to know the Huda had acquired and allotted one acre to BJP and is planning to develop a housing society for MPs and MLAs on the remaining portion of the land,” Atar Singh, another resident, said.

MCG Commissioner V Umashankar said, “The land acquisition process has been completed by the Huda. We will claim compensation for it.”

First Published: May 24, 2017 22:17 IST