GURUGRAM: The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) is planning to transfer 50 acres of land in Balola village to the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) for the metro project connecting the city’s Vatika Chowk to Bata Chowk in Faridabad.
The land, however, falls under ‘gair mumkin pahar’ (uncultivable hill) and comes under the purview of sections 4 and 5 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act 1900 (PLPA), 1900. Since it is currently with the forest department for plantation, the civic body plans to provide 50 acres of MCG land in Nathupur to the forest department. Mayor Madhu Azad chaired a meeting with MCG officials on Tuesday to discuss the transfer of land for the project.
She was apprised that 50 acres of land will be required to establish a metro depot in Balola. “The project will benefit commuters in Gurugram and Faridabad and will also reduce the burden of vehicles on roads, helping bring down pollution. We will give equivalent land in Nathupur village to the forest department in exchange for the Balola land for plantation. The final decision will, however, be taken in the House meeting on Thursday,” Azad said.
The land in Nathupur does not fall under sections 4 and 5 of PLPA and is also not a part of Aravali plantation. “We have not received any such proposal yet. If MCG is considering it, they will have to submit a proposal under the Forest (Conservation) Act for diversion of land,” said Rajeev Tejyan, divisional forest officer, Gurugram.
The Gurugram-Faridabad metro corridor will be 32.1km long and will have 12 stations — Bata Chowk, Pyali Chowk, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg, Badkhal Enclave, Pali Chowk, Mangar police chowki, Gwalpahari, Sector 56, Sushant Lok, Sushant Lok-3, Rosewood City and Vatika Chowk.
“The nodal agency of the project is GMDA, so the land in Balola village will be transferred to the authority. There is no need for extra land acquisition since the metro route will run above existing roads. Ownership of the Balola village land and Nathupur land, which will be diverted for the project, is with MCG. For the civic body to transfer and divert these two parcels of land, the matter will be tabled before the House to take final decision,” said Madhusmita Moitra, chief town planner, MCG.
The matter was also discussed in the last House meeting. The mayor and councillors had said they should be first apprised about the project, after which it would be discussed for approval.


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