Chandigarh: Real estate developer DLF has run into a controversy in Punjab for seeking common village panchayat lands to develop parks and buildings. However, the panchayat is adamant and has said the villagers would not part with the land.
Residents of Chahar Majra village, about 5 kilometres from Chandigarh, have no land to cremate their dead. Villagers have been requesting the government to allow them to use the common panchayat land, but the government has not responded. And the reason behind this denial is that private developer DLF has proposed to come up with a mega industrial park.
Khwaja Khan, village head said, “We do not want to give our land for work that is not in the benefit of the village.”
Mohammad Sadiq, a villager said, “We do not want that anyone should take possession of our land.”
Meanwhile, the government has washed off its hands over the controversy on land whose current value is almost Rs 1.5 to 2 crores an acre.
Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal said, “We will take a decision only after forming a committee of the district DC and villagers.”
Caught in between the government and the villagers, DLF has run into trouble not only in this village but also in Gurgaon Cyber City where the Punjab and Haryana High Court has quashed the Haryana government’s acquisition of more than 19 acres of land to be handed over to DLF.