CHANDIGARH: In what may come as a major respite for residents of Haryana Sahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP)-developed sectors in Panchkula, who have been protesting against apartmentalisation of residential plots, the Haryana government may soon halt the construction of stilt plus four storey buildings in the sectors.
The Haryana government has given some indications on this after a meeting of assembly speaker and Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta with chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday evening.
Talking to TOI, Gupta said that the chief minister assured him that he would take a decision very soon to address the grievance of Panchkula residents against apartmentalisation in the HSVP-developed sectors. Gupta is not sure if the decision would apply to the entire state. “I have been assured that there soon would be a permanent solution to the grievances of Panchkula residents against highrise floors in HSVP sectors. As of now, I have been promised about Panchkula. I cannot say if the decision would be taken regarding the entire state,” he said.
Later, in a formal press release issued late on Monday evening, Gupta said he apprised the CM about the concerns expressed by the Panchkula residents’ welfare associations, especially the memorandum given by former Army chief V P Malik against the permission granted by HSVP for construction of floors. He said that he is hopeful that some formal announcement regarding this policy would be issued in the next few days.
Immediately after the SC verdict banning highrise buildings in Chandigarh, the Panchkula residents have been demanding a ban on stilt plus four storey buildings constructed on residential plots of HSVP-developed sectors. Former Army Chief V P Malik along with several other senior citizens had held a press conference demanding immediate ban on apartmentalisation of Panchkula sectors.
On January 21, several Panchkula RWAs and Citizens’ Welfare Associations gathered at Panchkula under the banner of Haryana State HUDA Sectors Confederation (HSHSC), an umbrella organisation, and sought immediate ban on construction of floors.
On January 29, the HSHSC also held a state-level meeting at Panipat and decided to run a statewide signature campaign to mount pressure on the state government to ban the policy.
The main concern of the residents is that the structural safety of buildings, adjacent to the plots with stilt plus four floors, is being jeopardised due to cracks emerging frequently. There has been a sudden increase in daily disputes among the plot owners/residents of all urban estates of the state. The residents have also complained about blockade of natural air and sunlight in the plots/buildings adjacent to the apartments.