High Court directive on encroachments around IAF stations Gurgaon, Faridabad

Courtesy:TNN

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday directed the deputy commissioners (DCs) of Gurgaon and Faridabad to issue notices against those who have made constructions within 300 metre around the Indian air force ammunition depot Gurgaon and 100 metre around the air forces station in Faridabad.

The DCs has been asked to issue notices asking the encroachers to remove constructions to avoid any action from the administration.

While issuing these orders, division bench headed by Justice SS Saron has also asked the central government to issue notification to designate both the DCs of Gurgaon and Faridabad as Collectors under the Works of Defence Act 1903 empowering them to take action accordingly.

 The directions to issue notice has come after the centre had agreed to reduce restricted zone around ammunition depot Gurgaon from 900 to 300 metres, if the state government undertakes to vacate the encroachments within 300 meter area.
 On September 7, the central government had submitted before the HC that the restricted zone around ammunition depot of Indian air force Gurgaon has been decided to be decreased from 900 to 300 metres. Centre, however, had made it clear that the area of restricted zone around air force station Faridabad shall remain 100 metres only.
The matter had reached before the Punjab and Haryana high court through a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by one Suresh Goyal of Faridabad seeking removal of constructions from 100-metre area around Air Force Station, Dabua in Faridabad and construction within 900 metres around airforce station Gurgaon.
Following the intervention of HC, a six member committee of central and state government officers headed by additional secretary, union ministry of urban development, had suggested to reduce the restricted zone around airforce station Gurgaon.