The Gurgaon forest department will initiate a demarcation drive to carry out fencing in all forest areas from March 5.
The forest department wants to demarcate areas, including railway lines, canals, natural drains, man-made bundhs and roads as notified by the Haryana government in early 1970.
The move comes in the wake of conversion of forest areas for commercial activities, which poses a threat to forest cover.
“The demarcation process may start hopefully from March 5 and it will continue till all notified areas are fenced properly,” said a senior official in the forest department.
“The demarcation will be done with advanced technology like GPS and fencing work will also be carried out simultaneously,” Pankaj Goyal, conservator of forests, told Hindustan Times on Thursday.
The demarcation order —issued by Gurgaon deputy commissioner (DC) PC Meena — is likely to have strong repercussions for the forest department as a majority of area under forests has been converted for commercial activity over the past 40 years.
“The city has witnessed massive development in all these years. Man-made bundhs and drains might have been lost due to the development projects,” said the conservator of forests.
As per the revenue records, 142 hectare of forest area comes under railway lines, 291.33 hectare under canals, bundhs and drains and 1010.26 hectare under roads.