In a bid to preserve the fragile ecosystem near Sultanpur National Park, the central government has notified an area of 5-km radius around the bird sanctuary in Gurgaon as an eco-sensitive zone.
A spokesman of the district administration said the authorities have given shape to a zonal master plan for conservation of environment in the area.
As per a notification issued by the Union forest and environment ministry on Wednesday, now no change of land use — from green uses such as orchards, horticulture and agriculture parks to non-green uses — would be permitted in this zone.
However, limited conversion of the agriculture land to meet the residential needs of local people will be allowed without prior approval of the state government.
Under this zone, the administration has also prepared a zonal master plan for conservation of environment, a spokesman of district administration said on Wednesday. A committee will be constituted under chairmanship of deputy commissioner of Gurgaon to monitor the compliance with the provisions of the notification.
Situated about 15 kilometres from the city, the bird park is visited by about 30,000 birds of almost 250 species from many foreign countries, especially for the purpose of breeding. The lake at the sanctuary is also a reservoir of natural water resources, which helps improve the groundwater level.
In April last year, a committee led by Gurgaon deputy commissioner PC Meena had submitted a proposal to the environment ministry for developing an eco-sensitive zone around the national park.
Meena had said that mining and crushing activity up to one kilometre would not be allowed from the boundary of the Sultanpur National Park. Similarly, no construction activity will be allowed up to a distance of 300 metres from the boundary.