De­mo­li­tion or­ders: Manav Colony res­i­dents hold protest

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PANCHKULA: Res­i­dents of Manav Colony, Sec­tor 1 of Mansa Devi Com­plex, demon­strated out­side the deputy com­mis­sioner’s of­fice for about two hours on Tues­day.

They raised slo­gans against the town and coun­try plan­ning depart­ment for re­cent de­mo­li­tion or­ders at Manav Colony.

The Dis­trict Town Plan­ner’s (DTP) of­fice in Panchkula has in­formed the res­i­dents that those struc­tures will be de­mol­ished on any day af­ter May 30 which have come up af­ter the stay or­ders of high court dated Au­gust 18, 2006.

Mean­while, Panchkula MLA DK Bansal came out in the sup­port of res­i­dents.

“The res­i­dents of Manav Colony have been liv­ing there since 1990s. The ac­qui­si­tion process is un­der lit­i­ga­tion. They do not get water and power and are liv­ing like slaves,” he said.

He added that he had raised the mat­ter with the DTP and DC in the dis­trict griev­ance com­mit­tee meet­ing on Tues­day also. “I am not against the court or­der. We will fight the mat­ter legally,” he said.

Part of land un­der Manav Colony be­longed to the Haryana Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (HUDA) and re­main­ing is un­der ac­qui­si­tion for which the mat­ter is pend­ing be­fore the high-pow­ered com­mit­tee con­sti­tuted by high court.

A to­tal of 300 plots have been carved out in the colony. More than 150 struc­tures are there, but only those will face de­mo­li­tion that had come up af­ter the stay or­ders. “The struc­tures which came up be­fore stay or­der will not be touched,” said DTP Hitesh Sharma. The case is also com­ing up for hear­ing be­fore the high-pow­ered com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day.

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Res­i­dents of Manav Colony, Saketri, protest­ing at the DC of­fice in Panchkula on Tues­day.

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