The Haryana government has extended the deadline of filing objections and suggestions to the Mangar Draft Development Plan (DDP) 2031 by 12 days. The date has been extended from June 16 to June 28.
In a public notice, the town and country planning department admitted its mistake of not inviting public objections and suggestions for the plan on time.
Meanwhile, the ministry of environment and forest has sought explanation from the government for delaying the release of the plan for public scrutiny. The state government has also been asked to give the reason behind the cause of delay to a Gurgaon-based pressure group which had filed a complaint.
Notified on May 17, the plan was released for public scrutiny on May 18. However, the plan was not posted on the official website www.tcpharyana.gov.in of the town and country planning department.
It was only after a pressure group, Mission Gurgaon Development, took up the matter with government functionaries that the DDP was uploaded on the website on May 31 — 14 days after the plan was notified.
The draft plan identifies plains and hills in the area as agriculture zone and has proposed setting up of universities, warehouses, bus stands, railway stations, power plant sub-stations and dhabas on 10,484 hectares of land on Aravalis falling in Faridabad.
It also proposes a mega tourism project on 500 hectares of land.
Mission Gurgaon Development's Col SS Oberoi said it was only after he spoke with Haryana government officials that the town and country planning department uploaded the plan on its website.
“This was done deliberately to conceal the plan from people so as to keep them away from filing objections as it is going to destroy the green cover of the fragile Aravali hills," he said.