It seems like residents of CHD Avenue 71 in Gurgaon will finally have their wishes answered. For the past four years, they have been demanding a connecting road from the society to sectors 70-71, to avoid taking a longer, potholed stretch. So now, as if in answer to their wishes, the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has issued an NOC to Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) for the purchase of seven acres of land in Sector 71 to complete building that road.
Indeed, a demolition drive was carried out on Friday by an MCG enforcement team to raze a private office and other illegal structures near the society to create a 22-ft-wide path, which is to be part of this road.
According to officials, in 2013, they had acquired land for the construction of this 60-m-wide, 1.5-km road in sectors 70-71, but had mistakenly left out seven acres, without which about 210 m of the road could not be built.
According to GMDA, HUDA will now be forwarding the request to the state government for approval. If it got a go-ahead from the government, it would buy the land from the present owners at more than Rs 40 crore.
With this road lying incomplete, the main access to the condominium is cut off, forcing residents to take a 400-m detour along the Captain Chandan Lal Marg to reach their society.
“We have been demanding a proper road for four years now; any progress in the matter would come as a relief to us,” said Itender Pal Singh, a resident of CHD Avenue 71.
“After getting the state government’s approval, HUDA can commence its operations for the acquisition of land and construction of the road,” said V Umashankar, GMDA CEO.
Talking about the encroachments that were demolished in the drive, Rajiv Yadav, assistant engineer (encroachment), MCG, said, “People were facing a lot of difficulty commuting because of these encroachments. Notices were sent to them in February to vacate the land, but when they failed to comply, we had to carry out the demolition drive.”
MCG officials said they received an order from commissioner Yashpal Yadav to clear the encroachments.
It is important to note that MCG has stepped up its anti-encroachment drive and is currently working on a GIS-enabled app to identify areas where land has been encroached upon. It also has activated a a toll-free number — 1800-180-1817 — for residents to lodge complaints about encroachments.