Town planner steps up heat on illegal colonies, razes 11

  • | Wednesday | 13th December, 2023

Gurgaon: Intensifying its action against illegal colonies in and around the city, the enforcement wing of town and country planning department (DTCP) razed 11 illegal colonies spread over 40 acres of prime agricultural land.During the drive, people gathered at the site and DTCP officials appealed to them that they should not invest their hard-earned money in such unauthorised colonies and should contact the office of the town planner for enquiries before buying and land.In the last one week, four demolition drives have been carried out in Gurgaon, Sohna and Pataudi where illegal colonies had come up. The demolition team used earthmovers to raze more than 100 structures and seven farmhouses. Police were deployed to avert any untoward incidents. On Tuesday, a massive demolition drive was carried out in Sector 65, which is falling in the Gurgaon urban area where an illegal colony, road network and boundary wall had been built across three acres. Another drive was conducted in Sector 5 where a property dealers office, two colony gates and 25 structures were razed in a newly carved unauthorised colony.Three illegal colonies spread over nine acres in Dhankot village of Pataudi were demolished for violating Haryana development and regulations of urban areas act 1975. Another three illegal colonies on Sohna-Palwal road in Gurgaon were raised under police protection.According to officials, the offenders are using the gaps and carving out illegal colonies on prime agricultural land in violation of Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975. Section 7A of the Act states that the registration of sale deed of a plot having a size less than 1 acre is not allowed without a no-objection certificate from the DTCP.Officials said the violation of Act is a punishable offence with imprisonment up to 3 years, therefore, the department informed the police to stop the development of unauthorised colonies being done by the offenders and register FIR against them.Before GRAP came into force in October, DTCP had demolished around 50 illegal colonies spread over 550 acre prime land in and around the city. These colonies were situated in urban areas of Gurgaon, Sohna, Pataudi and Farrukhnagar.

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