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Environment group to send notice to centre

india Updated: Dec 12, 2011 01:16 IST
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A city-based environment group has decided to send legal notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Central Empowered Committee on the issue of large-scale deterioration of green cover on Aravali Hills.

The group said the rampant urbanization has taken a heavy toll on the eco-fragile region. The MoEF and CEC would be asked to direct the union as well as state government agencies to issue status-quo order restraining all developmental activities in the area. Mission Gurgaon Development (MGD), the social organization, feared that the Haryana government has formulated about 100 development plans in the entire state and a sizable number is in Southern Haryana districts such as Gurgaon, Faridabad and Mewat with clear threat to the ecological balance in the Aravalis.

On December 14, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is going to discuss a number of development plans, including that of Munger, a village in the Aravalis in Faridabad and is probably going to give this plan a final go-ahead.

According to the MGD, the legal notice would be served under the provisions of the Biological Diversity Act 2002 and Biological Diversity Rules 2004. "We are going to serve legal notice to MoEF," said Col (retd.) S Oberoi, an MGD member.