Gurgaon authorities to beat drums to spread message

To refrain people living in the restricted zone of ammunition depot from carrying out any construction activity, district administration of Gurgaon has plans afoot to go on a publicity overdrive to spread the message.

 Among several tools to spread the word, drums will be beaten at the behest of administration in the restricted area of 900 meters from the ammunition depot of Indian Air Force (IAF) and 100 meters of Arjun Garh.

Recently, the deputy commissioner (DC) P C Meena, in the capacity of district magistrate of NCR town, issued orders under section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure, thus banning the construction with immediate effect.

District administration, in past, has also issued such orders but the latest diktat came after the December 12 order of Punjab and Haryana High Court which took note of construction going on blatantly in the restricted area.

“The constructions are in violation of government notification of 2010 and public notices issued by the district magistrate from time to time and even imposition of orders under section 144 of CrPC,” stated the DC’s order.

To publicise the message, the administration has planned a three-pronged strategy.
First is to beat drums in the area, second is to announce through publicity vans and the third one is by pasting copies of the DC’s order on the walls of colonies falling in the vicinity of Arjun Garh. 

As the area falls under the jurisdiction of municipal corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), the municipality has also been pulled up for its laxity.

District magistrate has, therefore, issued orders to the concerned joint commissioner, executive engineer and concerned station house officer (SHO). 

Acting fast on the orders, the municipal corporation commissioner Vijay Singh Dahiya called a meeting of senior officials and made six different teams, each headed by an MCG engineer.

“All of them will be made to submit report on a daily basis and they will also visit the restricted area atleast twice a week and will be meant to submit a report to the district magistrate and the municipal commissioner,” said a corporation official.  

The corporation will also do the marking of area so as to remove any ambiguity regarding which houses fall under the

restricted area and which do not.

“Those who are caught violating the rules will be booked under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code,” said the official.

The corporation also has a plan to deploy 120 extra policemen and private security guards to enforce the administration orders.

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