All this land was acquired by Huda after paying the requisite compensation and is free from any litigation and could help the cash-strapped authority raise funds.
GURGAON: More than 250 acre of land that was acquired by Huda in different sectors of the city for development work has been encroached upon, an internal report prepared by the development authority has revealed. The total market value of the encroached land is estimated to be around Rs 2,000 crore.
According to the report, all this land was acquired by Huda after paying the requisite compensation and is free from any litigation and could help the cash-strapped authority raise funds, but permanent and temporary structures have come up here for residential purposes. A source in Huda said that most of this encroachment is on prime real estate land and has happened in the last one year, right under the nose of Huda allegedly with the understanding of some officers.
“Some people including some Huda officials and local politicians earn a good amount of rent from these encroachments, so aggressive campaign against these encroachments is never launched,” an officer said, on the condition of anonymity.
Huda is reeling under a financial crisis and is planning to auction commercial and residential plots to raise funds, but these encroachments have delayed the process. Chief administrator of Huda, Vikash Gupta had recently pulled up Huda officials for not preparing a list of lands that can be auctioned. “The preparation of a list of land available for auction was deliberately delayed as it would have brought focus on land under encroachment,” the official added.
Recently, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had also directed Huda to prepare a list of land that is under encroachment. Huda administrator Yashpal Yadav said anti-encroachment drives are carried from time to time. “We are planning to start a big anti-encroachment drive from next month,” he said.