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Gurgaon authority fails to curb encroachment of forest land

gurgaon Updated: Jan 03, 2013 00:50 IST
Himabindu Reddy

The rapid pace of development in the Millennium City is costing its green cover while the administration seems to have turned a blind eye on the encroachment of forest land.

The city is expanding by leaps and bounds in terms of infrastructure, traffic management, housing, office complexes, malls and hospitals.

But according to environmentalists, areas that have been notified as protected under the Forest Conservation Act, have been encroached upon in at least four places.

A total of 156 trees have been felled for constructing a 1.5-kilometre-long service road from Signature Tower to Atul Kataria Chowk.

“This road is of no use as it continues to become a traffic bottleneck at one point. It has been constructed to give favour to a private builder which is developing a residential complex on this stretch,” said Vivek Kamboj, an environmentalist working with NGO Hariyali.

The permission to uproot these trees was sought from the Union environment minister by the Haryana Urban Development Authorities (Huda).

Along the Faridabad Road, heaps of construction waste has been dumped on either sides of the road.

The waste dumped along the 2-km stretch is being discarded into the forest land.

“Massive construction and activities have been going on in Gurgaon. We can’t entirely do away with the waste. But it can be recycled into construction material,” said Chetan Agarwal, an environmentalist.

Forest land has also been encroached along the Sohna-Alwar Road.

The road is being widened on either side by encroaching upon the notified protected forest area.

“They are laying concrete on the area, which is not allowed. When I asked the divisional forest officer for a copy of the permission letter to know the exact measurements, the officer said that the concerned staff is on leave,” said Kamboj.

Another violation was noticed at Rajiv Chowk, where auto rickshaws are parked in the protected forest area.

When asked, the principal chief conservator of forest, CR Jotriwal, referred the matter to the local forest officials. But the local forest officials refused to comment on the issue.