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Gurugram Land clearance in the forest department for 49 of 50 acres in Panchgaon — for altering the toll plaza from Kherki Daula — is probably this week, officials said. A committee of forest officials, comprised in November for specifying the land authority, stated that the land allocated to the toll plaza is agricultural property and does not come under their purview.

The development follows the instructions of the Punjab and Haryana high court in October, as it allowed the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) to seize charge of the property for setting up the toll plaza.

The committee will submit its report into the forest department this week, saying that the property being in Panchgaon does not come under the Wildlife Protection Act or the Forest Conservation Act.

Subhash Yadav, district forest officer, stated,”The report hasn’t been finalised yet. A meeting took place on Monday in Chandigarh, wherein everybody arrived at the conclusion that the property where the toll plaza is to be made in Panchgaon does not come under our control. The land isn’t covered under the Forest Conservation Act.”

The committee, after a comprehensive analysis, found that of the 50 acres in question, 1 acre is covered under the Forest Conservation Act and can’t be used for development purposes. We’ve pointed out that no construction activity can occur on that 1 acre.

A senior forest official, who’s part of this committee, also confirmed that the property in Panchgaon does not come under the forest area. “The land that’s being given away isn’t with the woods,” the high heeled forest official said, on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, HSIIDC officials stated that all formalities are completed and the moment they get a clearance from the forest department, the correspondence of handover for Panchgaon land will be awarded to the Gurugram Metropolitan Department (GMDA). HSIIDC officials stated that they’re prepared with the handover letter.

Narhari Banger, managing director, HSIIDC, stated,”We are ready with our paperwork and are waiting for the forest clearance to be supplied. If we get the go-ahead, we will give the handover letter into the GMDA immediately.”

Officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), stated they will prepare the toll plaza in a month or two after the property is transferred. The highway department has produced all drawings for the toll plaza in Panchgaon. “Our planning was done and maps are with us. The moment we get property, which is free of any matter, we will start construction of the toll plaza,” a senior NHAI official said.

Farmers in Panchgaon are looking for the property compensation be paid once the property transfer is complete. As the instance’Fertile land users (farmers) vs Union of India’ registered in 2014 remains in court, they weren’t able to sell their property.

The majority of us took loans for our children’ weddings and studies.”