Gurugram: Residents of DLF 1 have written to the chief minister against the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhilkaran (HSVP) auctioning sites on the green belt for educational, medical, and residential use. The site falls between the E block of DLF 1 and Sector 42 under the Aravali plantation area.

Buildings, once allowed in the area, would impede traffic and lead to jams, apart from violating laws related to green spaces, said members of Qutab Plaza Enclave RWA in the letter. 

HSVP auctioned the sites recently for the development of three nursing homes and seven residential plots. The letter stated, “It is learned that sites for a crèche on 932 square meters, two nursing homes on 640 square meters, another nursing home on 1,816 square meters, and seven residential plots have been auctioned.” 

President of the association, Baljeet Rathee, said that there are no service lanes in the area, and the HSVP move would further complicate the situation for pedestrians and cyclists. He added, “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”. 

So far, a civil writ petition regarding the land is 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. The then director of town and country planning, SS Dhillon, had given an undertaking during the pendency of the writ 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. Rathee said, “In case HSVP does not take urgent action, we reserve the right to seek appropriate legal action”. 

A DLF 1 resident, Sunil Goswami, said the HSVP move would adversely affect the green cover, which is already shrinking. The government should stop HSVP and save the area from concretization, said Goswami. 

He added that it would also affect the residents by adding to the traffic chaos and putting a huge load on the existing civic infrastructure. HSVP officials did not comment on the matter despite repeated attempts. 

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