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The Punjab and Haryana High Court today rejected the pleas for electricity and water connections for houses constructed within the restricted 900-meter zone around the IAF ammunition depot in Gurgaon.
A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain dismissed the petitions during the resumed hearing of an ongoing petition filed in public interest against encroachments in prohibited zones around the air force stations in Gurgaon and Faridabad.
In their petition, some residents, who had constructed houses in the prohibited zone near IAF’s ammunition depot, sought directions to the authorities concerned to provide them power connections on the ground of right to equality.
They argued that a large number of residents, who had raised constructions wihin the restricted zone, have already been granted electricity and water connections by the local authorities. But the authorities have now refused to grant them the facility.
Counsel for the Union of India, Onkar Singh Batalvi, told the Bench that encroachments wihin the prohibited zones in Gurgaon and Faridabad had been removed. Taking a note of his assertion, the Bench adjourned the case to July 19 for further hearing.