Chimney Hill residents lose battle for access

Chimney Hill residents lose battle for access

IAF personnel manning the access road to Chimney Hill.

The harrowing time for the residents of Chimney Hill began after losing the legal battle against the IAF, which has  radar installed there. The IAF wanted to prevent civilian movement in a radius of at least 500 metres from its radar station owing to threat perception.

A road connecting the residential locality on Chimney Hill had been an eye-sore for the IAF, because it was passing too close from the radar station. It was the only road to connect the residential locality with rest of the City. Soon after legal victory, the IAF started barricading its area including the road. It  also prohibited vehicular movement on this stretch.

Now the IAF has instructed the residents not to stray into its territory from Jan 1. “ We have no other alternative road connecting  to the City,” lamented Srikanth, a resident..
He added that the land where they constructed their houses is a converted one and the BDA has given a no objection certificate to the residential layout and the local panchayat has approved.

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