Oustees wait in vain for rehabilitation as owners refuse to part with land
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.”
Oustees were to be allotted plots in Sector 110A in Gurgaon