Illegal buildings on Aravali land to go, 20 owners told to vacate Kant Enclave

GURUGRAM: The department of town and country planning () on Tuesday issued a public notice to 20 house owners of to vacate their premises, so that it can demolish the structures any time after March 31 (Sunday).

“Occupants of existing buildings in Kant Enclave colony, who have not filed an affidavit of undertaking in the to extend the time to vacate their premises till July 31, 2019, are directed to vacate the premises by March 31, 2019. It’s pertinent to mention that the demolition work of the existing constructions in the colony will start any time after March 31, 2019, in compliance with the SC order. The state of won’t be responsible for damage/loss, if any, during the demolition drive,” states the notice issued by the senior town planner of .

In January this year, Supreme Court extended the deadline for about 22 houses (whose owners filed affidavits) from March 31 to July 31.

Some of these house owners also urged that time to vacate premises should be extended, as they were mostly senior citizens and need more time to search for alternative accommodation. Seven more house owners filed an affidavit later in the SC. They are likely to get an extension soon. But the remaining plot owners don’t live in the colony, and have only built boundary walls.

“Apart from the public notice, we have sent emails to all affected house owners. We also called house owners for a meeting on Friday, and told them they need to vacate their premises as per SC orders. Our information is that most have already vacated their premises,” said a senior official of DTCP.

Brigadier M B Anand (71), VSM (retired), a resident of Kant Enclave, said, “Most families that live here have filed affidavits to seek more time. I filed mine on March 15, as I was away for medical treatment. I have served the country for many years and I hope the Apex court will at least give us some time, as we’re not seeking any benefit, just some more time to relocate.”

A committee comprising sub-divisional magistrate (Badhkal), an official of the municipal corporation of Faridabad, and the district town planner (enforcement) will carry out the demolition. The Faridabad police commissioner will arrange the security for the drive, whose exact date is yet to be declared.

On September 11, 2018, the SC ordered demolition of houses to check illegal construction in Aravalis, under provisions of the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) 1900. “Kant Enclave is a forest or is forest land or is required to be treated as a forest or forest land,” stated the order, directing the state government to demolish unauthorised structures in the area. The Apex court also directed authorities to deposit Rs 5 crore for the rehabilitation of the damages to Aravalis, and to pay compensation to the house owners affected by the order. Authorities have already sought bank details of the affected house owners to transfer their share of the compensation.

Spread over 425 acre, Kant Enclave was developed by R Kant and Co in 1990. Out of 1,600 plots in the colony, only 42 are occupied, on which live around 60 families.
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