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March, 19

Fifty Six Illegal colonies around Gurgaon razed in just 6 months

  • Fifty Six Illegal colonies around Gurgaon razed in just 6 months
GURUGRAM: The department of town and country planning (DTCP) on Monday released a list highlighting the number of demolition drives the enforcement wing has carried out in the last six months. In its report, DTCP revealed that 56 illegal colonies on the outskirts of the city were demolished clearing 224 acres of land. “Most of these colonies were in Sohna, Bhondsi, Sultanpur, Harsuru, Pataudi and adjoining areas. Along with this, the department has filed 25 complaints against developers and land owners for developing illegal colonies,” the report states. The move comes after an RTI activists’ group —Aadhikar Manch — on March 5 alleged that the district town planner (enforcement) of Gurugram had allegedly given NOCs to 55 plot holders for sub-division of plots (for development of colonies) and nearly 284 registries were done on the basis of these NOCs by the revenue department in Badshapur area. As per the rule, no one can develop any colony without getting a licence and approval from the DTCP. Countering this, the department came up with a list of the work done by them, particularly against illegal colonies and unauthorised constructions. “In last six months, the department has planned 71 demolition drives against illegal colonies and 68 demotion drives were carried out. We freed 224 acres of land from illegal colonies and demolished 56 illegal colonies,” said district town planner (enforcement) Vedprakash. Focusing on the illegal colonies which are at initial stages of development, officials said that have issued instructions to different government departments and are warning people from investing in such colonies. “We have asked Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) to deny electricity connections in such colonies as it will help in preventing development of such colonies,” said Vedprakash adding that no colonies can be developed without power supply. Along with the illegal colonies, for the first time, the department is also acting against the unauthorised construction on EWS plots. People have constructed illegal floors on 50-60 square yard plot (for economically weaker section). “We have demolished several such buildings and are involving residents’ welfare associations to keep strict vigil on such development,” said an enforcement wing official adding that several mobile towers installed on the roof top of such buildings have also been sealed by the department. Source: