Gurugram: Sushant Lok residents hit the streets to save a park

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GURUGRAM: Braving the cold weather conditions, residents of Sushant Lok-1 took to the streets on Saturday morning to save a park of the colony from destruction. They urged the district administration to stop alleged attempts by the developer to turn the green lung into a healthcare facility.
The residents claimed that the park — spread across 1.2 acres of land in Block C of the colony — was earlier well maintained by the original developer, but it put up a signboard in 2004 saying the site had been earmarked for a dispensary. Some residents approached the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in 2019, which stepped in to stop the alleged attempt to destroy the park and imposed a fine on the developer. The Supreme Court subsequently granted an interim relief to the developer on the penalty part but asked the Ansals to maintain status quo on the possession of all properties in the colony, the residents said.
Despite the the Supreme Court’s order, the residents alleged that the developer sold the land on which the park was developed to a private builder, Trueworth Developers Pvt Ltd, whose officials came with bouncers and started barricading the park on Friday amid a heavy police presence.
Arun Kakar, a resident of the colony, said, There is a serious contempt of the SC order and the district administration should intervene.”
According to the residents, the elderly and the children of the colony frequent the park. “There are 100 trees in the park and some are 20 years old, which is the green lung of the area, and now they want to build a hospital,” said JC Kalra, one of the petitioners in the case.
However, Trueworth Developers refuted the claims and said that the land has been earmarked as a dispensary since the date of inception of Sushant Lok -1 by the DTCP. “Some local residents, with vested interests, dragged the matter to court stating it as a park. The lower court and the sessions court have dismissed their petitions with detailed orders,” said Arun Kumar Arora, its director. “There is no stay by any court on this dispensary site. Some people are misguiding the residents by showing a top court order, which is not at all related to this site,” he added.
Deputy commissioner Yash Garg said, “I have asked the DTCP to examine the matter, and appropriate action will be taken as per rules.”
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