Restricted zone around IAF ammunition depot at Gurgaon reduced from 900 to 300 metres

Courtesy : Navbharat times(8-Apr-17).

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Alternate soon for IAF depot neighbours

Courtesy: TNN| Joel Joseph

The state government is in talks with private builders to provide alternate housing to people living near the IAF ammunition depot. The decision comes after Punjab and Haryana high court directed the Khattar government to remove all structures that lie within 300 metres of the depot.

 Talking to TOI, Gurgaon MLA Umesh Aggarwal claimed that not a single house will be demolished. “As per the rules there are not supposed to be any structures within 900 metres of this depot. However, in November, 2014 a high level committee under the Cabinet Secretary had suggested to the Ministry of Defence that the restricted area around the ammunition depot area be reduced from the existing 900 meter to 300 meter radius. The court had agreed to it, provided all the existing structures within 0-300 metres from the depot are removed,” he said. “We are trying to relocate the residents within 0-300 metre area and will provide them housing elsewhere and to achieve this we are in talks with private builders,” Aggarwal added.

Haryana Govt :Will help remove illegal structures around IAF station

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Haryana government on Tuesday informed Punjab and Haryana high court that the ministry of defence is fully empowered to remove encroachments around defence establishments in Gurgaon and Faridabad and the state would provide all kind of assistance in this regard. These submissions were made by the state in response to the issue related to encroachments in restricted zones of the Air Force station in Gurgaon and Faridabad.

On October 6, the high court had made it clear that it would accept the proposal of reducing restricted zone around Indian Air Force (IAF) ammunition depot in Gurgaon from 900 to 300 metres, only if the state government undertakes to vacate the encroachments within 300 metre area.

Responding to HC query, the state government submitted before the court on Tuesday that it is ready to extend all kind of assistance and help to central government or the defence authorities in removing encroachments within the reduced area of 300 metres around the IAF station in Gurgaon and Faridabad.

On a plea of some residents living around air force station in Gurgaon seeking directions to provide power connections, the HC refused to pass any order and adjourned the matter for December 22 for further hearing.

On September 7, the central government had submitted before the HC that the restricted zone around ammunition depot of Indian Air Force in Gurgaon has been decided to be decreased from 900 to 300 metres. The Centre, however, had made it clear that the area of restricted zone around air force station in Faridabad shall remain 100 metres only.

The matter is pending before the HC in the wake of a petition filed against the encroachment around prohibited zones of the Air Force stations in both Gurgaon and Faridabad.

The matter had reached before the Punjab and Haryana high court through a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by 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 air force 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 air force station, Gurgaon.

MCG drafts compensation plan for 300m IAF zone

The MCG has prepared a plan to compensate families that live within a radius of 300 metres around the IAF ammunition depot’s restricted zone. A senior official in the civic body said a Rs 4,900-crore compensation plan had been drafted to create a new 300-metre restricted area around depot and submitted the plan to the chief minister. The Punjab and Haryana high court has told the state government it will consider a proposal of reducing the restricted zone around the ammunition depot from the current 900 metres only if it undertook to remove all encroachments in a 300-metre area. The high court’s directions came after the defence ministry said it wanted a 300-metre area around depot completely encroachment-free before formally notifying a new restricted zone. The 900-metre restircted area around the IAF depot has seen large-scale encroachment over the years, with thousands of families now living there without access to basic amenities. “As per rules, there is no provision to rehabilitate those who encroach on defence land,” said a highly placed source in MCG.

“The only way out is to compensate such encroachers. This is the reason we have been asked to work out a compensation amount that to be paid to the 1,400 families that are presently residing in the 300-metre area, in case they are removed,” the source added. The MCG estimates around 50,000 people live within a 300-metre radius of the IAF depot. Based on the number of families, this works out to Rs 35 lakh for each family. “However, since MCG does not have this money and will never be able to pay this sort of compensation, the state government will have to pay this money.

We have submitted the compensation report to the state government and the final decision will be taken by the chief minister himself,” the MCG source said. Opposition parties have opposed this plan. “By offering this compensation, the BJP government is trying to adopt a divide and rule policy. I have been fighting this case in the high court and Supreme Court and our demand is that the entire safety zone should be removed. We will not allow this 300-metre restriction to be imposed at any cost,” said Congress councillor Gaje Singh Kablana. The next date of hearing is on November 17