GURGAON: The state government has been accused of encroaching on private land in Dhankot to widen a state highway into a four-lane road, despite a district court restraining order. Villagers claim all rules have been violated to widen the state highway connecting Gurgaon with Jhajjar via Farrukhnagar and Sultanpur.
They said despite several district court stay orders over the past few months, the most recent on Friday, the state PWD has carried out construction. "I have a stay order restraining PWD from constructing until further orders, but they build the road stealthily during the night, damaging my fields," said Kamaldeep, who owns 2 acres in Dhankot.
Stay orders have been issued for several plots of land. The latest one was issued by the court of additional sessions judge S K Khanduja on January 30 and by the court of judicial magistrate Kavita Yadav on February 16.
Land owners say they have no problem selling their land to the government, if it happens legitimately under the land acquisition law. "The land still belongs to us according to land records. We sowed wheat and mustard in November, and plan to harvest in April. PWD should not encroach and damage the crop," said Naresh Yadav, who owns around 18.5 acres.
State PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh said he was unaware of this. Other officials admitted the land belonged to villagers. "We're doing the work for public good. Farmers had donated land to the government for the road a long time ago," said a senior official with the Haryana State Roads and Bridges Development Corporation (HSRDC), which is carrying out the road-widening on behalf of PWD.
On November 4, 2014, a revenue department official submitted a report — on the court's order - that mentions "the land belongs to the applicants (villagers) but the PWD is building a road over it." Kamaldeep, though, said, "There is no proof we gave the land. Even if our ancestors did, it was not for the 80-ft-wide road."
Deputy commissioner T L Satyaprakash said he was aware of the matter and has flagged it. He expressed hope the government would take action on this.