Courtesy : TNN
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed Haryana authorities to provide power and water connections temporarily to the dwellers who have made constructions within the restricted zone of Indian Air Force ammunition depot in Gurgaon district. It has also ordered constitution of a high-level committee, headed by Union cabinet secretary, to find a solution and file status report by March 11.
While issuing the orders, a division bench headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, however, made it clear that relief of basic amenities, including power and water, would be provided temporarily to the dwellers, subject to outcome of a writ petition filed by one Suresh Goyal of Faridabad in 2010 seeking removal of constructions from 100-metre area around Air Force Station, Dabua.
The high court has taken cognizance of a similar case of construction activities within the restricted zone of 900m of the ammunition depot of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Gurgaon. The bench also made it clear that such facilities would be available only to those who had made constructions in the area prior to filing of the writ petition filed in 2010.
On the previous hearing, the HC had asked the ministry of defence (MoD) about the feasibility of shifting the installations to another area to resolve the issue. When the matter came up for hearing on Friday, the MoD however, made it clear that it is not feasible to shift either the defence installations from Gurgaon or the ammunition flow from the existing locations.
Arguing before the bench, the Haryana government submitted that it was ready to provide land to the Air Force in some other area, if it were ready to shift. The state government also said that the Air Force authorities were not ready for any proposed solution to the problem.
The counsel appearing for MoD, Onkar Singh Batalvi, informed the court that the installations were scientifically and strategically positioned in the present area and it would not be in national interest to shift them to some another location. Batalvi also submitted that in the era of urbanization, there is no guarantee that the restricted zone in some other location would not be encroached upon.
Now the case would against come up for further hearing on March 11.
‘Industrial growth leading to encroachments’
A total of 10,368 owners/occupiers have raised unauthorized buildings within 900m of the IAF ammunition depot and their removal is a sensitive issue, which may create law and order problem. It includes Maruti Udyog Limited (MUL), other small/large industrial units in Sector 18, residential/commercial area in Sector 14 and small residential belt in Sector 17. Haryana government had stated in 2011 that factories like MUL and Electric City in the said area were providing economic impetus to Gurgaon, which made this restricted belt vulnerable to urbanization and industrial growth, resulting in encroachments.