GURGAON: High drama prevailed in Manesar on Thursday when local residents gheraoed around 150 workers for allegedly carrying out construction work at a building site of DLF in Sector 1, in defiance with the Supreme Court's order.
Though DLF said it was "only carrying out minor handing over/repair works" at the site, police said the real estate giant was carrying out construction there, which led to tension in the area.
It was around 10am when some 400 residents of nearby villagers gathered around the DLF construction site, rounded up the workers and informed the police. Cops immediately reached the spot but failed to pacify villagers. Finally, a senior official of HUDA had to intervene to get the construction workers freed around 1pm.
The villagers claimed the workers were there despite last month's Supreme Court order stopping all such activity on 912 acres of land in Manesar. The residents also lashed out at the police for ignoring their repeated complaints and not filing an FIR for violating the apex court's orders.
A team of HUDA officials, led by assistant town planner Manish Yadav, reached the spot and asked them the workers to vacate the site. "They have been asked just to keep security guards there and remove everybody by Friday morning as it is a clear violation of the Supreme Court's order," Yadav said. "Our team reached the spot immediately and stopped the construction work at the DLF site. We called the assistant town planner of HUDA to assess the activity. The villagers can move to court and file a contempt suit against the company," the police said in a release.
A DLF spokesperson said, "The Supreme Court had earlier verbally observed that there was no stay on finishing / minor repair works in apartments, where occupation certificate had already been received. Later, the court clarified in writing too that minor repair works could be carried out. We confirm that no construction work is being carried at the site. We are only carrying out minor handing over/ repair works to meet our obligations towards over 1,000 customers, where buildings stand completed."