HC advises Maruti to vacate land in restricted IAF zone

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Submitted by – Mayank Dureja

The Punjab and Haryana high court has advised public sector automobile giant Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) to vacate a part of its property that falls in the 300-metre restricted zone around the Air Force stationin Gurgaon.

These oral observationscame from a division bench headed by Justice S S Saron while hearing the ongoing issue pertaining to removal of encroachments around Air Force stations of Gurgaon and Faridabad. On the suggestion of HC, the counsel appearing for Maruti sought time from the court to seek instructions from the company in this regard.

When the matter came up for hearing before the bench on May 23, the counsel for Maruti sought permission to implead the company as party in the case. The counsel said the company is a central government-registered entity and should be heard by the court as the Maruti property falls within the 900 metre as well as the reduced limit of 300-metre restricted zone around the depot.

After going through the property map, the bench orally observed that only the delivery area of the company’s production unit falls within the reduced restricted zone of 300 m, and the company can easily vacate it.

Hearing this, the counsel for Maruti told the court that he would be able to make any submission in this regard only after seeking instructions from the company.

During hearing of the case, the bench also asked additional solicitor general of India, Satya Pal Jain, to clarifiy the powers of district magistrates delegated by the Centre for enforcement of provisions of Works of Defence Act, 1903, to remove encroachments in a 100-metre radius of the ammunition depot in Faridabad and 300 m from that in Gurgaon.

 The matter will come up for hearing on June 1. The matter reached the HC in 2010 through a public interest litigation seeking removal of constructions from the 100-metre area around the Air Force station, Dabua, in Faridabad, and construction within 900 m around the Air Force ammunition depot, Gurgaon.
Following court intervention, the central government, in September 2015, told the HC that it had been decided to decrease the restricted zone around the ammunition depot of Indian Air Force, Gurgaon, from 900 m to 300 m. The Centre, however, made it clear that the area of restricted zone around Air Force station, Faridabad, remains 100 metre.

 

Soon, temporary water connections for areas under restricted zone of IAF ammunition depot

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The Urban Local Bodies department of Haryana has given green signal for temporary water supplies to the families living in 900 metre restricted zone around the Indian Air Force (IAF) ammunition depot in Gurgaon. The residents living in the restricted zone around are deprived of basic civic amenities; the temporary water supply will end the dependence of residents on ground water and water tankers.
The area of 900m around the ammunition depot in Gurgaon covers around 2,325 acres area and has 14,154 structures. The built-up area is around 692 acres.

Gurgaon ammunition depot has strategic importance in the northern region and is ideal for transportation of armaments in case of a two-front war. It is most convenient for foreign receipts due to availability of air bridging facility in the vicinity, which proved very convenient during the Kargil operations.

A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by one Suresh Goyal before Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2010 seeking removal of constructions from 100-metre area around Air Force Station, Dabua in Faridabad, which is a protected zone under provisions of the Work of Defence Act. HC had also taken cognizance of a similar matter of on the construction activities within the restricted zone of 900m of the ammunition depot of IAF in Gurgaon.

“Large numbers of people are living in this area and they are deprived of basic civic amenities. The matter of restricted zone is pending before court for many years, so we cannot keep large number of people thirsty,” said MLA Umesh Agrawal adding that water will be supplied to the residents till the final order of the court.

He said temporary water supply project will cost Rs 3 cr. Water will be supply through two overhead water tanks and Huda has promised to give land for it. “One overhead tank will be constructed near Tau Devilal Park in sector 22,” said Agrawal.

The temporary water supply to 10,368 owners/occupiers within 900m of the IAF ammunition depot will further complicate the matter. “Removal is a sensitive issue, which may create law and order problem. It includes Maruti Udyog Limited (MUL), other small/large industrial units in Sector 18, residential/commercial area in Sector 14 and small residential belt in Sector 17,” said senior government official.

Haryana government had stated in 2011 that factories like MUL and Electric City in the said area were providing economic impetus to Gurgaon, which made this restricted belt vulnerable to urbanization and industrial growth, resulting in encroachments.

Six-member committee headed by additional secretary, ministry of urban development, had recommended that it would be appropriate to reduce the prohibited zone near the Gurgaon ammunition depot from 500m to 600m for public traffic route.
The committee, comprising experts from various central ministries and the Haryana government, was formed in March 2014 following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court to discuss and suggest a solution to the encroachment related to ammunition depots in Gurgaon and Faridabad.
If the recommendations of the committee are accepted, around 8,000 structures around the Air Force depot in Gurgaon would be regularized. The area of 900m around the ammunition depot in Gurgaon covers around 2,325 acres area and has 14,154 structures. The built-up area is around 692 acres.
Under the 500m radius, 1,131 acres are covered and there are 6,275 structures. The built-up area is spread over 283.89 acres.

Houses share wall with ammo depot

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Houses, most with a second floor, rise above the concertina mesh on the depot’s boundary wall Surrounded by unauthorised buildings, security of 54 Air Stores Park, Air Force Station Ammunition Depot on Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road, could be a major concern for the authorities.

Though no construction is allowed in a 900 meter radius around the IAF ammunition depot, houses — most of them with a second floor — rise above the concertina mesh on the depot’s boundary wall. Though crucial for the IAF because of its strategic location near Delhi, the political patronage and a mix of civic indifference and collusion has allowed houses to be built deep inside the restricted zone of the depot.

In order to ensure implementation of the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders to curb unauthorised construction in the restricted zone, the district administration has held several coordination meetings with the Station Commander and other Air Force officers, but little has changed on the ground.

Police have set up several check points on roads leading to the restricted zone to stop constructed material from entering, but illegal construction is going on with the collusion of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and police officials. Though the district administration has said that vehicles caught carrying construction material into the restricted zone will be impounded and the driver, mason, labourers and owner of the under-construction house will be booked and arrested, little action has been taken on the ground.

Several demolition drives have also been carried out by the MCG but it has failed to curb the menace.

Experts said that the issue needed to be taken up on priority and the arsenal must be protected to ensure that it was not an easy target.

“We have conducted a security audit of the IAF air bases across the country following the Pathankot attack and have taken remedial measures, specific to each base. There are more than 950 such IAF station across India. We have also reviewed the security of the IAF ammunition depot at Gurgaon,” said IAF Public Relations Officer Rochelle D Souza.

The Punjab and Haryana high court is hearing a case on redefining the restricted zone, with a proposal to reduce it to 300 metres. An early resolution to the problem is key to preparing the defences of the depot. The government will, however, have to quickly formulate a plan to rehabilitate those who lose their houses.

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.

Restricted zone around Gurgaon ammo depot reduced

Courtesy TNN
The Central government on Monday submitted before the Punjab and Haryana high court that the restricted zone around Indian Air Force’s ammunition depot in Gurgaon has been reduced to 300 metres from 900.

After additional solicitor general of India Satya Pal Jain told the HC during the hearing of a petition filed against encroachments around prohibited zones of the IAF stations at Gurgaon and Faridabad, the court directed the Central government to file an affidavit on this decision.

Jain, however, submitted that the area of restricted zone in Faridabad will remain the present 100 metres only. The case would now come up for further hearing on October 9. The court had on July 17 asked Centre to take a decision on the recommendations of a six-member committee that suggested reducing the restricted zone of 900 metre radius around the ammunition deport in Gurgaon.

In November last year, the committee of central and state government officers, headed by additional secretary, Union ministry of urban development, had informed the court that radius of the restricted zone could be reduced 500 to 600 metres. The committee, comprising experts from various central ministries and Haryana government, was formed in March 2014 following orders from the HC to discuss and suggest solutions to the encroachment problem.

HC directs Centre to decide if restricted zone around IAF depot in Gurgaon be reduced

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The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday directed the Union government to take a decision on the reduction of the restricted zone from 900 metres to 500m around the Indian Air Force (IAF) ammunition depot at Gurgaon till April 20.

A division bench headed by Justice Surya Kant asked the Centre to take a decision on reducing the restricted zone as per the recommendations of a central committee. During the resumed hearing of the case on Monday, the bench also asked the petitioners to bring to the court’s notice details of land mafia operating in the region, under whose patronage illegal construction was on. These directions were passed after the IAF counsel informed about continuous of illegal activities around the restricted zone.

On November 25 last year, a six-member committee headed by additional secretary, ministry of urban development, had recommended that it would be appropriate to reduce the prohibited zone near the Gurgaon ammunition depot from 500m to 600m for public traffic route.

“Even in case of mishap, the buildings will not collapse and would only suffer about 10% damage. Moreover, fatality was unlikely,” the committee had recommended in its report.

The committee, comprising experts from various central ministries and the Haryana government, was formed in March 2014 following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court to discuss and suggest a solution to the encroachment related to ammunition depots in Gurgaon and Faridabad.

If the recommendations of the committee are accepted, around 8,000 structures around the Air Force depot in Gurgaon would be regularized. The area of 900m around the ammunition depot in Gurgaon covers around 2,325 acres area and has 14,154 structures. The built-up area is around 692 acres.

Under the 500m radius, 1,131 acres are covered and there are 6,275 structures. The built-up area is spread over 283.89 acres.

Gurgaon ammunition depot has strategic importance in the northern region and is ideal for transportation of armaments in case of a two-front war. It is most convenient for foreign receipts due to availability of air bridging facility in the vicinity, which proved very convenient during the Kargil operations.

The matter had reached the high court through a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by one Suersh Goyal seeking removal of constructions from 100-metre area around Air Force Station, Dabua in Faridabad, which is a protected zone under provisions of the Work of Defence Act. HC had also taken cognizance of a similar matter of on the construction activities within the restricted zone of 900m of the ammunition depot of IAF in Gurgaon.