Fate of 41 villas in Aravallis hangs in the balance in Gurugram

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The farmhouses and villas, according to official sources, belong to residents of Delhi and Mumbai, and include politicians.

The state government on Wednesday asked the Gurugram district administration to take possession of 46 acres ‘panchayat land’ in Gairatpur Bas and Raisina villages on the foothills of the Aravallis and lodge FIRs against the builders who sold the land.

A probe has been ordered into the status of this land, where 41 farmhouses and villas have come up over the last decade.

The farmhouses and villas, according to official sources, belong to residents of Delhi and Mumbai, and include politicians.

Acting on a complaint filed at the chief minister’s window, Rakesh Gupta, additional principal secretary to Haryana chief minister, directed the deputy commissioner “to take possession of the land and file an FIR against a builder who sold 46 acres of panchayat land.”

Gupta also said that there would be a probe into the possibility of collusion with revenue officials and officials of the district administration.

The report will be sent to the chief minister’s office at the earliest. “I invested here to be close to nature as the area is located close to the Aravalli hills. It was in 2004 that we came to know of the dispute over the land. Now, we fear losing our investment as the developers are also not responding,” a farmhouse owner, requesting anonymity, said.

The complainant, RL Narula, is an advocate and a resident of Gurugram’s Sector 14. He has been trying to raise this issue since 2006 and has previously lodged complaints about the land at the CM’s Window in September 2016 and 2017.

Narula welcomed the state’s move, while pointing out that in April, the government had ordered action in the matter, but nothing had come of it.

Narula said his land is not part of the 46 acres that were encroached upon by builders, but the land he owns is affected because it lies adjacent to the disputed plots. “When the MCG officials came to know that land was encroached upon, they started dumping waste on my land that is adjacent to some plots which are part of the 46 acres,” he said.

He said the district administration also came to know of the encroachment on panchayat land after he raised the matter of dumping on his land. “I have been fighting since 2006 but the authorities do not take any action and so, I approached the CM’s Window,” said Narula.

Gurugram legislator Umesh Aggarwal had also written a letter to chief minister ML Khattar in March, referring to Narula’s complaint, and sought action.

“We will act as per directions and facts of the case,” said Gurugram deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh.

 

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