All the seven Aravali districts, including Gurugram and Faridabad of Haryana have been asked to submit their ‘ground-truthing’ reports based on which the govt will identify forests and National Conservation Zones (NCZ). The report is to submitted by January 31, through which the govt is expected to make clear demarcation and make laws to protect NCZ and forest areas.
Presently, about 1 lakh hectares of land is classified under Aravali in Southern Haryana, while, over 25,000 hectares is marked as ‘forests’ under the Punjab Land Preservation Act. The issue at hand is that around 62,000 hectares are marked under NCZ, while another 12,800 hectares have been put under the ‘yet to be decided’ category, which causing degradation of environment.
Though the court orders have been followed by the Ministries, for protection of environment in the Aravali, yet the ground-truthing report is pending since over two years. Thus, the directions were issued at a meeting of the department of town and country planning held in Chandigarh on Friday where efforts are made to protect the green covers in the State, especially the seven districts of Gurugram, Mewat, Faridabad, Palwal, Rewari, Bhiwani and Mahendergarh.
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