Buildings on green belt to trigger snarls, stop auction of plots: RWA to Haryana CM

GURUGRAM: DLF 1 residents have written to the chief minister against the Haryana Shahari
Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) auctioning sites on the green belt for educational, medical and
residential use. The sites lie between the E block of DLF 1 and Sector 42 under the Aravali
plantation area.
In the letter, members of Qutab Plaza Enclave RWA said buildings, once allowed in the area,
would impede traffic and lead to jams, apart from violating laws related to green spaces.
Recently, HSVP auctioned the sites for developing three nursing homes and seven residential
plots. “It is learnt that sites for a crèche on 932 square metres, two nursing homes on 640
square metres, another nursing home on 1,816 square metres, and seven residential plots have
been auctioned,” the letter read.
Baljeet Rathee, president of the association, said there are no service lanes in the area, and the
HSVP move would further complicate the situation for pedestrians and cyclists. “There is also a
possibility of encroachments, which might trigger unhygienic conditions due to an existing
‘nallah (drain)’ on the opposite side of the sector dividing road,” he added.
A civil writ petition regarding the land is already pending before the high court. DLF 1 residents
had approached the court after HSVP allotted the green belt land for a fuel station in 2016.
During the pendency of the writ, the then director of town and country planning SS Dhillon had
given an undertaking that green areas in DLF 1-4 would not have any other land use except to
widen roads.
The RWA requested a reversal of the auction and the preservation of the green belt. “In case
HSVP does not take urgent action, we reserve the right to seek appropriate legal action,” said
Sunil Goswami, a DLF 1 resident, said the HSVP move would adversely affect the green cover,
which is already shrinking. The government, said Goswami, should stop HSVP and save the
area from concretisation.
“It would also affect the residents by adding to the traffic chaos and put a huge load on the
existing civic infrastructure,” he added.
Despite repeated attempts, HSVP officials did not comment on the matter.

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