Ous­tees wait in vain for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as own­ers refuse to part with land

HT Estates - - FRONT PAGE - Ab­hishek Behl

With the Haryana Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (HUDA) Gur­gaon un­able to ac­quire land in Sec­tor 110A, Gur­gaon, the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of around 500 north­ern pe­riph­eral road (NPR) ous­tees is hang­ing fire. They are caught be­tween a slow- mov­ing bu­reau­cracy, and l andown­ers who are un­will­ing to part with their valu­able land.

The Haryana gov­ern­ment had promised re­set­tle­ment of the ous­tees af­ter the Pun­jab and Haryana High court had ruled in May 2015 in favour of peo­ple whose plots and houses were to be ac­quired and de­mol­ished for con­struc­tion of the NPR, also called the Dwarka Ex­press­way.

The ous­tees, who had ac­cepted the set­tle­ment with great hope, now com­plain that the gover nment has not hon­oured its prom­ise to re­ha­bil­i­tate them in sec­tors 110A and 37C de­spite sev­eral as­sur­ances. They al­lege that as the draw of plots an­nounced by HUDA has been can­celled twice, they have lost all hope of get­ting re­lief soon.

The de­lay in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion will also en­sure that the Dwarka Ex­press­way project re­mains in a limbo till HUDA finds land for the ous­tees.

Vi­nay Jha, who owns a house in New Palam Vi­har, and is en­ti­tled to get a plot, said he was promised land in Sec­tor 110A and com­pen­sa­tion for the built-up struc­ture. “We have got noth­ing even af­ter the High Court or­der. We are con­fused as noth­ing is mov­ing for­ward. There are so many in­ter­ests in­volved and stakes are very high so the com­mon man is suf­fer­ing,” he said.

HUDA of­fi­cials who have been work­ing for the last one year to ac­quire land in Sec­tor 110A are also un­able to break the stale­mate with the landown­ers who own 18 acres out of the 25 acres that form this sec­tor and who don’t seem to be in­ter­ested in part­ing with their land.

HUDA ad­min­is­tra­tor Hardeep Singh says they (the landown­ers) had agreed to en­ter into an agree­ment with HUDA un­der the land pool­ing pol­icy but later de­cided to back out. “We are se­ri­ously look­ing into the is­sue and have writ­ten to the ad­di­tional chief sec­re­tary, Town Plan­ning, to take a de­ci­sion with re­gard to ac­qui­si­tion,” Singh said.

With HUDA un­able t o get the much needed land re­quired to carve around 400 plots, the ous­tees are be­ing forced to bear the brunt of this de­lay.

On Oc­to­ber 14, HUDA had in­vited hun­dreds of ous­tees for draw of plots, but much ev­ery­one’s dis­ap­point­ment it was post­poned in­def­i­ni­tel y. Things have not been re­solved since then.

Anirudh Rana, whose fam­ily owns land in Sec­tor 110A says he does not see why they should give up their land for the ous­tees. He al­leges that the gov­ern­ment is pun­ish­ing them by forc­ing them to part with their land. “We are an Army fam­ily which has served the na­tion but the gov­ern­ment is not be­ing fair to us. First our con­cerns should be re­solved be­fore draw of plots is held,” he said.

The ous­tees on the other hand are get­ting restless. Dilip Yadav, whose house is to be razed for con­struc­tion of the ex­press­way, says, “My son stud­ies in Mane­sar and if we shift to Sec­tor 37C he has to change his school and that will be a prob­lem. There is lit­tle de­vel­op­ment in the Sec­tor 37C as well.”

S BURMAULA

Ous­tees were to be al­lot­ted plots in Sec­tor 110A in Gur­gaon

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