Residents in Haryana allege vested interest in Huda design
PANCHKULA: The umbrella body of RWAs (Resident Welfare Association) in Haryana, Haryana State HUDA Sectors Confederation (HSHSC) held a meeting with RWAs of Panchkula where they expressed concern about the detrimental effects of Huda’s stilt plus four stories plan on their neighbourhoods.
The members have decided to meet the Haryana governor and submit one lakh signatures against the new “illegally amended building code of Huda (Haryana Urban Development Authority).” The HSHSC members also threatened mass protests throughout the state if the government failed to heed them.
Yashveer Malik, state convener, HSHSC said that the stilt plus four storeys plan in Haryana had become a major issue for residents. He said that problems related to sunlight, air, water, parking and others had started emerging in Huda sectors and in some places, cracks had developed in adjoining houses.
Malik added that he had launched a drive against the building code started by Huda by holding a meeting in Panipat on January 29. “After visiting many districts and meeting RWAs, we started the signature campaign in the state. So far, 50,000 people have signed against this building code and more are joining. By February 18, we hope to get one lakh signatures of residents,” said Malik.
He added that when the one lakh signatures goal is reached, they would submit a memorandum to the governor requesting him to ban such structures in the state.
Mohinder Balhara, district convener, Panchkula HSHSC, said, “Residents invested their hard earned money into Huda sectors for their former designs promising sunlight, air and proper water and sewerage facility with parking inside the house and not for apartments, which have started coming up all of a sudden without the consent of residents living in sectors already.”
Malik alleged that residents did not want the design, which was intended to benefit private builders. “The government amended the building code on its own without following a legal procedure,” he claimed.
According to HSHSC members, if their demand was not met they would launch district-wise protests against the state government, including mass protests in all districts in a peaceful manner.
“Gherao of Huda office and Haryana CM residence will also be part of our protest if our demands are not met. Our demand from the government is to ban such constructions,” they said.