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Eco-sensitive zone to get a breather

india Updated: Apr 12, 2011 01:17 IST
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The district administration has asked the concerned authorities to prepare a master plan to preserve the eco-sensitive zone near Sultanpur National Park as per the guidelines of the Union environment ministry. It has also decided to set up a monitoring committee for the purpose.

"The zonal master plan would be prepared and approved by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. The departments of state government like environment, forest, urban development, tourism, irrigation and Haryana State Pollution Control Board would be involved in preparing the plan," deputy commissioner PC Meena said.

The plan entails restoration of denuded areas, conservation of water bodies, ground water management and other conservation measures in five square kilometre area of the bird sanctuary, he said.

A monitoring committee would be constituted under chairmanship of the deputy commissioner. It will have a maximum of 10 members.

"Besides, a representative of the ministry of environment and forests, the other members of the committee will include an official of an NGO working in the field, regional officer of Haryana Pollution Control Board, Gurgaon and a senior town planner. The district wildlife warden would be member secretary," Meena added.

The committee would invite experts to assist in its deliberations depending on the requirements on the issue and submit its action taken reports to the ministry every year.

"No change of land use from green usage to non-green usage would be permitted in the zonal master plan except that strictly limited conversion of the agriculture land to meet the residential needs of local residents together with infrastructure development without the prior approval of the state government," Meena said.

"No construction of any kind will be allowed up to a distance of 300 metre from the boundary of the park except tubewell chamber with dimension not more than 1,000 cubic inches. The felling of trees on forest land would be subjected to the approved management plan by the central government," the DC said.

The extraction of ground water would be permitted only for bonafide agriculture and domestic consumption of the occupier of the plot.