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Agitated over non-payment of full ex-gratia, freedom fighter's son seeks permission to die

Gurugram: Agitated with not being provided the required compensation by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) even after directions from the court, Rattan Singh, son of a freedom fighter, has asked for death. The demand was made in the Chief Minister Window.
The ordeal of Rattan Singh who is a resident of Shivaji Nagar started in 2010 when large areas of his land was acquired by the public agency for development of sectors 81-95 that is also known as New Gurugram. He was paid Rs 80 lakh, which was way below the valuations. Contesting the compensation that was paid, Singh approached the court where it was directed that the total amount of the land sold was over Rs 3 crore which must be paid.
More than two years after the judgement, Singh claimed that he has still not received the amount despite several visits to the HUDA office that led him to make the extreme announcement.
The incident has again highlighted the problems created by the public agency in providing compensation to the villagers whose land was acquired for development of new sectors in Gurugram and Dwarka expressway.
Large number of litigations on the issue has resulted in stalling the development of these areas for years. No one can relate more to the challenges in the growth and expansion of Gurugram than 90,000 homebuyers of Dwarka Expressway. For long, the residents have been demanding for the completion of 28 kilometres road that will lead to the growth of social infrastructure in the area. However, legal hurdles in land acquision and inadequate compensation provided to villagers have resulted in the project prolonging since 2007.
Most of the home owners of Dwarka Expressway have been demanding to institute fast-track courts on the cases of Dwarka Expressway so that basic amenities can be provided in the area.
Meanwhile, the HUDA officials on their part have maintained that barring a few stretches where construction is not taking place due to court's stay order, developmental activities along the other stretches is taking place at a fast pace.
"Due to stay order from the court, developmental activities along certain sections of Northern Peripheral Road have not been happening. However, due to a proactive approach, we hope to get the matters resolved soon and the Northern Peripheral Road will be completed this year. For the benefit of home owners, a linkage of Dwarka Expressway with NH-8 will also be set up," said a senior official from HUDA.
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