Taking note of the accusations levelled by noted artist Anjolie Ela Menon against Haryana government for pandering to private gains of developers,the Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday issued notices to Haryana seeking its response by April 18.
Menon and Primila Lewis,a writer,has alleged that Haryana government was acquiring land to lay a 60-metre wide Sector road east of the Ghatta Bundh.
The true purpose of the proposed road is evident from the ongoing construction,and advertisement for sale of luxury apartments by IREO,a private real estate firm. The 60-metre wide road has no apparent purpose other than to serve as a secondary access for the IREO luxury development,Menons petition reads.
Hearing the petition,a division bench headed by Justice Hemant Gupta issued notices to Haryana and other respondents.
Earlier,Menon and Lewis had moved the High Court two years ago and had partially succeeded in obtaining relief through quashing of notification issued by Haryana on July 14,2008 wherein it had declared to acquire land in Gurgaon. Menon had contended that no objections were entertained by Haryana government prior to the issuance of notification. The state in the HC had undertaken to consider the objections. Now that the objections have been rejected by the state,Menon has again moved court.
Raising ecological concerns,the petitioners have asserted that the proposed road will pass through and develop an area adjacent to the ecologically sensitive Aravali region,where a forest has been cut,and a seasonal water reservoir,confirmed by the Department of Irrigation,Haryana,exists.
The petitioners also claimed that environmental clearances from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests are yet to be obtained. Moreover,the Gurgaon-Manesar master plan has not been approved by the National Capital Region Planning Board.
Their land adjoins the seasonal jheel,over which the road is planned to be constructed. The jheel not only re-charges aquifers in the Ghatta area,but is also the catchment for the drainage and run off from the Aravalis stretching on both sides of the Delhi-Haryana border. The necessity of the jheel to the ecology of the region is referenced in the Gazetteer of India,1983,where it is mentioned as being the catchment or drainage for the Ballabgarh Hills of the Aravalis, reads the petition.
The petition will come up for resumed hearing on April 18.