Huda to crack down on 40 squatters in Gurgaon
GURGAON: Huda has identified about 40 houses belonging to the urban development authority which are illegally occupied by its officers. Huda will soon issue notices for eviction and penalty to all the occupants.
“There are two categories of illegal occupants – one occupied by officials who have either been transferred or have retired, and the other is of officials from other departments,” Huda officials said, adding that notices would be issued to all of them in a few days.
Huda administrator Yashpal Yadav said a meeting has been called for Tuesday to discuss various pertinent issues including house allotment. “There are about 25 houses which are currently occupied by officials of even after their transfer from Gurgaon or their retirement. Apart from this, about two dozen houses are occupied by officials of other departments,” Yadav said.
In many cases, the houses were taken following the deputy commissioner’s requisition for a year, but the occupants continued to stay in the house even after expiry of the allotment time.
Earlier in the morning, members of the Huda Employees Union continued their protest, which started last week, and shouted slogans against the Gurgaon deputy commissioner for having allotted a staff quarters to a senior IPS officer without Huda’s consent. To convince employees to end their protest, administrator Yadav invited them for a meeting on Monday afternoon.
“We had a long meeting with the administrator in which he agreed to consider our demands,” said Ramnivas Thakran of the Huda Employees Union. Thakran said the administrator would hold another meeting with officials on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, disregarding the protest, the IPS officer concerned, who was allotted the house by the DC, will continue to occupy the house. “He is a senior IPS officer and we will not ask him to vacate the house. The officer, who was allotted that particular house, before it was allotted to the IPS officer, will be given another accommodation,” a Huda official said.
The controversy started when police took possession of a house in Sector 15 Part 2 by force despite resistance from employees. The house was allotted to SDO Vijendra Mallik, but the same house was taken over by the deputy commissioner using his magisterial powers and allotted to a senior IPS officer on May 2. The previous Huda administrator wrote to the DC on May 6 requesting cancellation of his order.
The controversy triggered the ongoing protest by Huda employees and led to the transfer of the erstwhile Huda administrator.
Along with the house allotment, administrator is also going to review the infrastructure development works including progress on NPR, SPR, CPR, land acquisition, drainage, etc. “We have to expedite the acquisition of land for services like roads, sewerage and water supply for new sectors,” Yadav said.