Monday, October 5, 2009 – (THe Times of India, NEw Delhi) | Sumi Sukanya | Protest Against Planned Dispensary At Spot
Gurgaon: Sushant Lok in Gurgaon have joined hands to save a park, which they say is the colony’s largest green lung. On Sunday, hundreds of them, including children and women, gathered for the cause armed with placards reading “Save the Park”.
Residents of upscale Hushant-I Lok came out strongly against the destruction of the park spread across 1.5 acres in C-block. They alleged the builders, Ansal Properties, were trying to sell this land to another builder in the name of constructing a dispensary even as the matter was subjudice in a Gurgaon court.
The agitation against construction work in the park has been on for the past two days. Protesters alleged the builders made another very aggressive attempt by quoting a 4 year old interim order even when the case had come up for hearing on Saturday and a decision is expected by Monday.
“We have been fighting against the builders since 2005 and filed a case as they have been attempting to destroy the park for commercial reasons.
In the past five year they have made several attempts to sell it off to potential buyers ignoring green area requirement guidelines and trying to cut trees,” alleged P K Bhatia, president, Sushant Lok Resident Welfare Association.
Another resident Mukesh Arora said the park-used by around 3,000 people –was the only park in the area. “First the builders sold plots in Sushant Lok showing green spaces all around and once that was accomplished these green spaces are up for sale.
They have done it many times before. The only difference is previously, they sold parks as residential plots and now they are selling them to builders for commercial projects,” he rued.
Arora further added, “When Ansals launched the Sushant Lok project they proudly called it Green Sushant Lok.”
Said Vivek Kamboj, an environmentalist who has been working to promote greenery in the city and is supporting residents in their agitation, “There is already a dispensary just 100 meters away on the same stretch besides so many hospitals. Residents don’t really need one more.”
Company officials, meanwhile, said they were only following the original plan. On behalf of the builders, said, “The plot was always meant for a dispensary. People started using it as a park and now don’t want it to be used for any other purposes. We, too, are waiting for the court’s decision.”
GREEN WARRIORS: Hundreds of residents held a demonstration at the park on Sunday morning