GURGAON: On Saturday afternoon, the HUDA administrator inspected the New Palam Vihar colony where over 250 houses are in the ‘danger zone’, for coming in the way of the ambitious Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) project.
Earlier, HUDA had planned to offer alternative plots to the residents whose houses are likely to be affected in the project. HUDA had planned to demolish these houses but the residents approached Punjab and Haryana high court which ordered HUDA to be sensitive to the aspirations of the house owners.
Demanding a change in the alignment of NPR, residents of New Palam Vihar RWA and MCG councillor, Rishi Raj Rana, met the HUDA administrator, Praveen Kumar. The house owners claimed that changing the alignment would save their houses.
The administrator visited the spot, along with other senior HUDA and town and country planning officials. After checking the situation on ground, Kumar also gave instructions to carry out a fresh survey of the site and explore the possibility of changing alignment near New Palam Vihar. The new alignment would be planned in such a way that very few houses are affected in the colony.
The NPR project is crucial for improving road connectivity in the city. As per the plan, a 150-metre-wide road is proposed from Dwarka in Delhi to Kherki Dhaula on National Highway 8. “Today’s meeting and subsequent inspection of HUDA administrator has given all of us a hope that the houses would not be demolished,” said Rana, who was spearheading the group of people whose houses are being affected.
The residents are pressing hard for changing the alignment as it would save them from a lot hassle. “HUDA had planned to give alternative plots to affected residents but there was no talk of compensation. We have put our life’s savings and hard-earned money to build these houses. Now who will pay for the fresh construction?” asked a resident, whose house comes under the affected area.