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GURGAON-Farmers may move NGT over toll land PANCHGAON Land is meant for wildlife zone, say farmers

November 08, 2019 04:33 AM


Farmers may move NGT over toll land
PANCHGAON Land is meant for wildlife zone, say farmers
Rohit David

Gurugram : Farmers of the villages of Kukrola and Fazalwas, under Panchgaon, have decided to hold a Panchayat on Sunday to decide on the course of action to be taken regarding the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s October 31 order to give away 50 acres of land for the construction of a toll plaza, out of 1,128 acres under litigation since 2011.

Some villagers have said they might approach the National Green Tribunal (NGT) as the area is meant for a wildlife corridor. Krishan Fauji, resident, Kukrola, said, “The panchayat will take a decision on whether to appeal against the Punjab and Haryana High Court order or not.”

Prem Singh, a resident of Kukrola, said, “Deer from the nearby forests come to our village. We have spotted a cheetah a few days back in our farmland. How can they take away our land?” Forest department did not say anything on Thursday about the area being taken over by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the toll plaza.

When contacted, Subhash Yadav, district forest officer, said, “Kukrola hills come under the Aravalli plantation area. As per the Supreme Court order, only the hills come under the ambit of the forest.” The land which comes under Aravalli is protected in the village, not the rest.

Sher Singh, another resident of Kukrola, said, “We’ll adopt the same policy as residents of Sehrawan did. The locals opposed the land being taken by the NHAI to make the toll plaza and approached the NGT.”

In 2017, the government of Haryana had announced that it will hand over 63 acres of land at Sehrawan to the NHAI. After environmentalists took this matter to the NGT in 2018, the tribunal ruled last December that this land cannot be given for development purpose as it belongs to the forest.

The Haryana government then identified 40 acres of land in Panchgaon. Following the High Court order of October 31 to give 50 acres, the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) will now transfer the land to the Gurugram Municipal Development Authority (GMDA) in a day or two. The GMDA will then give it to the NHAI.

Dr Narhari Bangar, MD, HSIIDC, “We will be giving the 50 acres of land to the GMDA in a day or two.” Last August, the HSIIDC had deposited ₹30 crore to the district revenue department for the land being taken in Panchgaon. “The HSIIDC has to deposit ₹ 5-7 crore more for the land being taken. Further, we will give the compensation to the farmers immediately,” said an official from the revenue department.

The NHAI has said in 2018 that the land they receive must be free from litigation. “The land that we receive from the government should have all the necessary clearances,” said a senior NHAI official. For the Panchgaon toll plaza land, forest clearance is still pending. “I am sure the GMDA will acquire the forest clearance before giving it to NHAI,” added Yadav.

The location where the new toll plaza is meant to come up is on the main road of Kukrola 500 metres from the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway.

Residents of Fazalwas said if the toll plaza is shifted to Panchgaon it will lead to jams and pollution. Suresh Devi, a resident of Fazalwas, said, “My land is going and if the toll plaza is made it will be worse than Kherki-Daula. It will be hard for us to enter our village, as we’ll face traffic congestion.”

Virender Singh, resident of Kukrola, said, “Why can’t the NHAI take this toll plaza to Bilaspur, three kilometres from Panchgaon? They only want to grab our land. We’ll oppose every move by the government to take away our land.”

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