Safety zone issue: Maruti clarifies stand

Courtesy- TNN  Submitted by – Mayank

Automobile giant Maruti Suzuki has clarified that it had not made any submission before the Punjab and Haryana high court to vacate a portion of its premises falling within 300 metres of the safety zone around the air force station at Gurgaon.

The counsel for the company in their response to the TOI report ‘Maruti to vacate part of plant close to Ggn Airbase’ published on July 15, has said that company’s facilities at Gurgaon were bestowed by way of a central statute and there were representations and warranties of the Union of India based on which the company could seek substantial remedies from an appropriate forum. Maruti has stated that it is for this reason that they had decided to withdraw their application and had not agreed before the high court to vacate the land.

The matter had reached before the Punjab and Haryana high court in 2010 through a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking removal of construction within 900 metres of the air force station.

Following the court’s intervention, the central government in September 2015 had told the high court that it had decided to reduce the restricted zone around the ammunition depot of the air force from 900 to 300 metres.

An application was filed in this matter by Maruti for impleading it as an intervener in the case. Referring to the site plan of the plant, the company had submitted before the high court on May 23, 2017 that the upper curve in the site plan comes within 900 meters safety zone from the Air Force Station.

However, the lower curve comes within 300 meters of the safety zone of the air force station and would not cause much disruption to the company. The company’s counsel has said that adjustments in this regard can be made and he had sought time to seek instructions.
According to the company, when the matter again came up for hearing on July 13, they had requested to withdraw their application and had not made any submission.
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