The Sultanpur National Park has finally received the attention of the local authorities. The district administration has set up a committee to prepare a Master Plan for regulating activities within a five km radius of the park periphery, following a notification by the Union environment ministry.
“The Union Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) had issued a notification in January this year, asking the Haryana government to regulate activities to a five-km radius of the periphery of the Sultanpur National Park to check any development that could harm the ecology and green cover of the park,” Gurgaon deputy commissioner R K Kataria.
“We have set up a committee to define activities in this notified zone around the park,” he added. Spread over 352 acres of land, the park is located about 50 km from Delhi and 15 km from Gurgaon on the Gurgaon-Farukhnagar Road.
The park has been known as the favorite destination for hundreds of migratory birds.
Kataria said it was necessary to regulate activities in the notified zone in the wake of increasing population pressure around the park.
“Two of the theme cities that the Haryana Government has conceptualized in the proposed Global Corridor along the KMP Expressway fall in this notified zone,” Kataria said.
“It is, therefore, necessary to regulate activities to ensure that the ecological values of the park do not get affected,” Kataria added.