Green Tribunal prohibits roads construction, cutting of trees in Aravallis

The National Green Tribunal has ordered ban on construction of roads and cutting of trees in the Aravallis directing the parties concerned to restore the area to its original condition. The Tribunal also set up a three-member panel comprising Haryana Pollution Control Board environmental engineer, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate concerned and a senior forest officer to ensure execution of the order.

What was the case?

An applicant had filed a plea on violation of provisions of the notification issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests on May 7, 1992 that prohibited certain activities in the Aravalli Hills in Gurgaon.

As per the plea, illegal activities were being carried by marble traders and others on a particular khasra of Sikandarpur Ghosi village. The encroachers were felling trees, adversely affecting the environment.

The Bench lambasted the Haryana administrative bodies for erring on their part in proper implementation of the provisions of the notification. It further ordered that each of the non-applicants would plant at least 50 trees and take care of them. It also directed demolition of all sheds of temporary or permanent nature within two weeks from the pronouncement of the order and restricted people from throwing debris at the site.



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