MCG struggling to clear civilian settlements near Air Force depot
GURUGRAM: An uphill task awaits the district administration in Gurugram, who need to evict a large number of civilian settlements around 300 metres of the Air Force Ammunition depot at Old Delhi road.
A report by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) to the Punjab and Haryana High Court has specified that there over 6,000 residential units have come up at a distance of 300 m from the heavily secure zone.
On the petition filed by the Defence Ministry, the high court has directed that there should be no civilian settlements in such a close proximity.
Earlier the judiciary had ruled that the distance should be 900 m. However, taking cognisance the large civilian population, the area was reduced to 300 m.
Meanwhile, the civilians have objected to the evacuation, claiming that they have relevant documents to justify their residence. Sources in MCG claim that there are also a large number of illegal commercial units that will be removed.
Over the years, real estate development has led to unchecked rise of commercial establishments. The presence of the Maruti Suzuki factory further expedited development of real estate.
Automobile garages, wedding banquet halls, marble market and various consumer showrooms began mushrooming in vast swathes of land around the defence establishment.
Soon, a number of civilian establishments came up, even as objections were raised by Air Force officials.
In addition to Air Force, an Army cantonment located a few kilometres away also faces a similar problem.
After repeated complaints from defence personnel, a plea was filed leading to intervention by the judiciary in the matter.