Haryana Govt propels to ‘shrink’ Aravalis, for construction proposals.


By Accommodation Times Bureau

The Haryana government is trying to initiate more construction works in the beautiful reigns of Aravalis, even after the National Capital Regional Planning Board(NCRPB) rejected such plans last month.

Sources says Haryana government is still not ready to accept the fact that the hill range in Faridabad and other districts, except Gurugram and Mewat, is part of the Aravalis, and this eco-sensitive zone should be kept green to preserve the environment.

The National Capital Regional Planning Board(NCRPB) ,however has rejected such proposals  responding to an appeal by Haryana DTCP to the Union urban development ministry last month .

MoS (housing & urban affairs) Rao Inderjit Singh made it clear, while attending a meeting in Chandigarh on Saturday, that Aravalis need to be conserved. The meeting was also attended by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and NCRPB officials.Yet, DTCP, which issues licences for real estate projects, has been pushing to have the restriction on construction beyond 0.5% in Aravalis removed.

There have been reports of scores of builders and private investors who have already bought “gair mumkin pahar” land in Faridabad and Gurgaon for this purpose.

Haryana has recently gone back on its consent, defining “gair mumkin pahar” and other land forms across the region as Aravalis. It had agreed to the need for redefinition only in December last year.

On March 3, DTCP principal secretary Arun Kumar Gupta observed, “Haryana should consider Haryana Aravalis only in Gurgaon as per May 1992 notification,” while participating in a meeting to take final view on the area categorised as “yet to be decided” (“gair mumkin pahar”) under the Natural Conservation Zone (NCZ). The meeting was chaired by chief secretary D S Dhesi.

Once before, in April, NCRPB had rejected the state government’s demand to lift the cap on construction in Aravalis, saying the state’s logic was not sustainable, as the restriction has been there since 2005.

The government had then argued that since the NCRPB apex panel had approved the definition for identifying Aravalis to be on a par with the 1992 notification, there was no need to have restrictions on construction activities in “gair mumkin pahar” areas.

Two months later (on June 15), DTCP again wrote to the Union urban development ministry saying, “We are of the firm view that MoEF notification dated May 7, 1992, should be followed completely, both in specification of areas that form part of the Aravali range, and in restrictions upon development and other activities therein.”

The department said areas specified in a table in the notification (Alwar in Rajasthan and Gurgaon in Haryana, including Mewat) should alone be considered as Aravali range. “For any area of Haryana to be considered part of NCZ by virtue of being Aravali, it must necessarily be part of the said table,” the letter said.

A second entailment was that, the only patterns and activities mentioned in the notification should be regulated, that too, only to the level and manner stated in the notification. These include setting up of new industry, new mines, and construction of houses.


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