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

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

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Govt plans to shift IAF depot

Joel Joseph, TNN | Oct 23, 2013, 06.26 AM IST

Gurgaon: The Haryana government is working on a proposal to shift the IAF ammunition depot in the old city to Tilpat firing range in Faridabad.

Nearly two lakh people live within the 900-metre restricted area around the 1,000-acre IAF depot. Several industrial and commercial establishments have also come up within the area. The Punjab and Haryana high court, while hearing a PIL, had sought a response from state chief secretary P K Chaudhery on how to deal with the issue.

The proposal was recently discussed with the chief administrative officer, Air Force station, Gurgaon. A source who attended the meeting told TOI the IAF authorities were not keen on shifting the depot, citing ‘strategic’ and ‘operational’ requirements and its proximity to Delhi and the airport. “There is a 3,250-acre unutilized defence land at Tilpat firing range in Faridabad, which could be utilized by the IAF authorities for relocating the air force stations in Gurgaon and Faridabad. If the air force depot in Gurgaon is shifted, then people now living illegally within the restricted area will get access to the basic amenities provided by the civic agencies,” a senior MCG official said.

“The high court at present is hearing a PIL filed by a residents’ welfare association on shifting the ammunition depot. We have two options — to shift the depot or relocate the residents living in the restricted zone. We feel shifting the depot is more practical as paying compensation to those who might be asked to relocate is a huge task. The IAF authorities, however, are not willing to shift the depot,” the official said.

On Tuesday, while hearing the same PIL, a high court bench headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul ripped into the state government for not informing it about its decision on the depot. “The last hearing in the matter was on July 31 and the high court had asked the chief secretary to inform the state government’s stand on the issue in the next hearing. However, the bench was unhappy as the authorities failed to do so. The next hearing is on November 22,” said Vinod Bhardwaj, counsel for the MCG.