Courtesy – TNN
GURGAON: The state government has made it amply clear to the ministry of defence that it should devise a plan at the earliest regarding the IAF ammunition depot located in the old city. According to a source, in the high court hearing on Friday, the chief secretary submitted an affidavit in which he stated that either the restricted area, which is 900 metres at present, should be reduced or compensation should be given to those residents who have to relocate.
The high court bench asked MoD authorities to prepare their reply and present it on January 31, 2014, when the matter comes up for hearing again.
“The air force officials have been directed to resolve this matter and file an affidavit before the next hearing. This issue can be resolved only by the administration in consultation with the ministry of defence. The court cannot do much in this matter. The IAF authorities have already said that the depot cannot be shifted elsewhere keeping in mind the issues related to national security. Therefore a solution needs to be worked out keeping in mind the residents who are living in the 900-metre area,” said Vinod Bhardwaj, MCG’s counsel.
“In the court it was also discussed whether the present radius of 900 metres can be reduced to say 400 or 500 metres, like it has been done in Faridabad. The court asked the IAF officials to have a humane approach and think with an open mind on how to resolve this problem as so many colonies have sprung up in this 900-metre zone and lakhs of residents will be affected and have to be relocated,” he said.
The MCG officials have already stated that in case the depot does not get shifted, the compensation will have to %paid by IAF and the compensation amount will be decided by the Gurgaon deputy commissioner.