NGT axes Haryana govt over axing trees in Aravalli’s for realty project

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By Accommodation Times Bureau

Breaching norms meant for safeguarding the Aravallis by carrying out construction and thereby damaging the natural habitat by felling trees has been brought to light in Haryana. Following the intervention of environmentalists who questioned the approval of tree felling at Sarai Khwaja village of Faridabad district, in the Aravalli region, for the housing project. This came as the tribunal was hearing a petition filed by Lt. Col. (retd) Sarvadaman Singh Oberoi, demanding to keep the realty projects out of the Aravalli gair mumkin pahar area, which is deemed forest area.The National Green Tribunal on Monday issued notices to Haryana government, forest department, NCR?planning board, and Bharti Land Ltd?for destroying environmentally sensitive areas in the Aravallis for a 52-acre housing project.

“This is a complete violation of the directions of the Supreme Court, which had directed states to identify the areas which can be classified as forests,” Oberoi said. Another green activist, Chetan Agarwal, said, “The Aravalli hills are identified as recharge zones for the region by the Central Ground Water Board and efforts should be made to conserve the area.”





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