Cracking the whip on the Haryana Employees’ Welfare Organisation Society in Sector 5 of the Mansa Devi Complex, which was in the news recently for an outbreak of water-borne diseases, the Haryana Urban Development Authority has decided to resume (take over) the land and the society building in view of glaring building violations, and the society’s failure to remove these.
In a communication to the HEWO managing director on Thursday, HUDA Estate Officer Vandana Disodia accused the society of “showing scant respect for law and justifying violations”.
Preparatory to the resumption, HUDA will start eviction proceedings against the society, although no date has yet been fixed. Ten per cent of the consideration amount of the plot would be forfeited, Disodia said.
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HEWO MD S C Kansal could not be reached while society president Hari Om was not in town. Sources said HEWO had the option to appeal to the HUDA administrator, requesting for a stay on the Estate Officer’s order.
More than 300 families stay in the society which was allotted land on July 7, 1994. In surveys conducted last year and this year, HUDA had found that unauthorised bathrooms had been constructed by 135 flat owners. It also found that some residents had covered their balconies by erecting grills and fiber sheets and constructing brick walls, which were illegal and violative of the sanctioned plan and building by-laws.
On November 5, 2013, HUDA issued a notice to the society to remove unauthorised constructions. Since the society’s reply was unsatisfactory, another notice was issued on January 3 and the society president was called for a personal hearing. The society then asked for a month’s time to remove the violations, but these were found existing in surveys conducted on February 28 and March 8.
“The society does not deserve any leniency because they have violated the terms and conditions of the allotment letter,” said Disodia in her letter.
A few weeks back, there was an outbreak of water-borne diseases in the society. Officials found that there was nothing wrong with the main water supply from HUDA. Apparently, contamination had happened in the internal distribution system of the society. Some of the residents had then alleged that unauthorised constructions had damaged the pipes, leading to water contamination.