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Parking Mafia occupies green belt in Shushant Lok, Gurgaon
Illegal possessions in Gurgaon are openly challenging the administration. They have illegally taken over a stretch of land from HUDA City Centre to Sushant Lok metro station.In order to make parking lots, about three kilometer long stretch from HUDA City Centre metro station to Shushant Lok has been taken over. With the parking establishment, air pollution has posed as a new health threat. However the authorities are showing no interest towards the irregularities right under their nose, despite the residents complaining against parking mafia.
Residents are concerned with the green belt destruction. A resident of C block, Sudha Tiwari explained that this area was surrounded with green trees 14 years ago. Ever since the parking mafia took control over the green belt here, there is hardly any tree to see there. Even the passage for the residents has been chocked. Gradually, all the green land has been turned into the parking lots.

Giving details about the encroached area, SP Dawar, General Secretary, Sushant Lok 1 RWA told timesofindia "The footpath along the entry points from the MG Road to Sushant Lok 1, has been blocked by fixing barred wires, boulders and stones along the road to force private vehicles to use unauthorised parking lots. The condition is same in Block B where a commercial complex and a hospital have encroached upon the greenbelt and the service road to create a paid parking lot."

Another resident Shabnam also had the same issue. She told that with the encroach of green land for parking lots, air and noise pollution by parked cars has been an all day affair for them. The roads meant for illegal parking are studded with potholes that create the problems for pedestrians especially morning walkers.

Sources in HUDA said that "this is a serious issue". "All the obstructions should be removed from the green belts area. Besides, green belt areas need to be restored. We will issue notices to defaulters, if any complaint reaches us.''

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