Environmental activists and other social groups have demanded the authorities not to allow any development activities in the Aravali Hills, as rampant encroachment and urbanization had adversely affected the ecological balance of the region.
Mission Gurgaon Development, a think tank, which had strongly opposed the approval of the Draft Development Plan 2031 for Aravali Hills, has written letters to various government departments and agencies in this regard.
The forum has written to RR Jowel, finance commissioner and principal secretary environment, government of Haryana and chairman Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) and CR Jotriwal, principal chief conservator of forests to prevent further deterioration.
The activists claim that about 100 projects are on the anvil, and a large number of them are meant for Gurgaon, Faridabad and Mewat in the Aravalli zone. They are angry because this region has borne the brunt of frenzied mining and construction work over the past two decades, with massive funding from abroad giving a tremendous fillip to unsustainable development.
“Gurgaon has 9,970 hectares of green cover and it was planned that 59,200 hectares of green cover had to be added to this. The development in Faridabad and Gurgaon is clearly unbalanced and forest balance must be restored to 1985 levels,” Sarvadaman Oberoi, of Mission Gurgaon Development (MGD).
Oberoi said the Aravali ecology was significant for the entire region. “Hence no development in the Aravali area could even be considered as this is the water recharge zone for Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad. Therefore, no mining activity should be allowed in the area,” he added.