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Monday, December 31, 2012

Residents brace for battle

GURGAON: Residents of New Palam Vihar colony and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) are on a collision course after the latter decided to start construction work on the stretch of the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) project close to New Palam Vihar in Gurgaon.

HUDA is racing against the March-end deadline for the completion of the project. Senior HUDA officials claimed that all the obstacles coming in the way of the ambitious project would be cleared. “The completion of the project in all the stretches is a top priority and for that the Gurgaon police’s help has been enlisted. There are certain areas where a large number of policemen are required to remove illegal structures,” said a senior HUDA official on condition of anonymity. As per tentative plans, HUDA officials, accompanied by police personnel, would start demolition next week.

The project is crucial for improving road connectivity between Gurgaon and Dwarka. The 150-metre-wide roads will connect Dwarka and Kherki Dhaula on NH-8. The one-kilometre stretch near New Palam Vihar is turning out to be the biggest battle for HUDA.

Fearing a violent backlash from the residents, HUDA has also sought massive police presence to accompany them for the demolition drive near New Palam Vihar colony. Refusing to reveal details of the demolition drive, another HUDA official said: “The request for sending adequate number of police officers has been accepted and several teams of HUDA officials have been formed already.” The HUDA officials are not disclosing the exact numbers of houses or plots, which might face the axe in the forthcoming demolition next week. “The details have been prepared in consultation with the legal team and survey of the exact site map. For clearing these structures the required permission have already been sought,” said the official.

The NPR work came to a halt due to a high court stay secured by over 300 houseowners in New Palam vihar colony.

As per the new strategy, HUDA has now singled out the plots, houses and other structures, which are not covered under the court’s stay. The problem now is that some of these structures are close to the colony and not covered under the court’s order. And the residents are opposed to any work on those plots as well. “We will not allow any construction activity in the vacant plots or land or structure inside the colony. Allowing HUDA to work here will make life difficult for all the residents,” said a colony resident.

On Friday, the residents stopped the demolition of a factory and the HUDA officials had to leave the site. “The residents will not allow any construction work in or near the colony,” said another resident.

HUDA officials, however, defend their right to take over the plots and start working. “The construction work will happen on the vacant plots which are not covered by the court orders. The residents should not have any problems with that,” said another HUDA official.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/Residents-brace-for-battle/articleshow/18201850.cms

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