Officials on toes to stop constructions
Officials of the District Town and Country Planning Department and Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), accompanied by heavy police force, on Wednesday surveyed the ‘restricted area’ around the Indian Air Force ammunition depot on Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road to check illegal constructions. HT reports.india Updated: Dec 22, 2011 01:33 IST
Officials of the District Town and Country Planning Department and Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), accompanied by heavy police force, on Wednesday surveyed the ‘restricted area’ around the Indian Air Force ammunition depot on Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road to check illegal constructions.
The team sealed about 14 tubewells which were allegedly dug by property owners for construction purposes.
Constructions are prohibited around 900 metres of an ammunition depot.
The team, headed by district town planner (enforcement) Dilbag Singh and JE Kalyan Singh Sandhu, had sealed six tubewells on Tuesday also.
“We have been taking all steps to prevent illegal constructions in the restricted area,” said Dilbag Singh.
Earlier, the apex court had given some relief to the property owners, after they appealed against a Punjab and Haryana high court directive that all constructions within a 900-metre radius of the ammunition depot be demolished.
The SC had then directed that status quo be maintained for the time being. The officials also sent show-cause notices to property owners.
In the wake of the apex court order, a meeting was held in which district commissioner PC Meena, MCG commissioner Sudhir Rajpal, and DCP Abhay Sing Rao and Dilbag Singh participated. The DC had also authorised the police to lodge FIR against a person if found doing construction in the area.
Meanwhile, affected residents have decided to seek the removal of the ammunition depot from Gurgaon.
The recent Supreme Court ruling has given them a ray of hope. The president of the Gurgaon Citizens’ Council, RS Rathee, said, “We will now approach the Supreme Court with a plea to issue directions to the defence ministry for relocation of the depot.”
The council has already sent letters to the Haryana chief minister, chief secretary, Huda chief administrator, police commissioner and other senior officials explaining their position.
The council, meanwhile, has demanded that the MCG regularise the residential areas around the ammunition depot.