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No proposal to regularise farmhouses in Aravalli areas: Govt

These 60 farm houses, including 50 in Faridabad alone, are situated in areas notified under the Punjab Land Preservation Act
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Updated on Feb 28, 2020 01:07 AM IST
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No construction in Aravallis without nod from high- powered committee: Haryana government to HC

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Updated on Feb 13, 2020 11:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh

Gurugram civic body held back information to get nod for Bandhwari waste-to-energy plant

The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram withheld facts from the Union environment ministry about litigation pending against its proposed waste-to-energy plant in Bandhwari, official documents show
MCG has been dumping about 900 tonnes of untreated municipal waste every day at the Bandhwari landfill for the past six years.(Yogendra Kumar/ HT Photo)
MCG has been dumping about 900 tonnes of untreated municipal waste every day at the Bandhwari landfill for the past six years.(Yogendra Kumar/ HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 17, 2019 07:19 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai

Be kind, do kind, see kind: Delhi-NCR residents join the green cause

Around 100 participants from Delhi-NCR joined hands to plant 1,000 saplings in the Sikandarpur forest area of Gurugram recently.
Participants from Delhi-NCR joined for a plantation drive, organised by Black Lotus Peace Foundation and I am Gurgaon.
Participants from Delhi-NCR joined for a plantation drive, organised by Black Lotus Peace Foundation and I am Gurgaon.
Updated on Sep 19, 2019 12:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg, New Delhi

Expansion of gaushala in Aravallis halted

Authorities acted on the matter after being alerted to it by a local environmentalist, who pointed out that the area in question is Aravalli land, recorded by the revenue department as ‘gair mumkin pahad’, rendering it a ‘deemed forest’ and a no-construction zone.
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and the Haryana State Pollution Control (HSPCB) have instructed the construction work to expand a gaushala in the Aravallis, near Ghata village, be halted.(HT Photo)
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and the Haryana State Pollution Control (HSPCB) have instructed the construction work to expand a gaushala in the Aravallis, near Ghata village, be halted.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 13, 2019 07:42 PM IST
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Gurugram | By Prayag Arora Desai

NGT seeks joint report on land consolidation in Faridabad village

According to experts, the region is a relatively undisturbed Aravalli forest, and part of an important wildlife corridor that is contiguous with the protected Mangar Bani sacred grove and Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary.
Experts say the region is a relatively undisturbed Aravalli forest, and part of important wildlife corridor contiguous with the protected Mangar Bani and Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary.(Yogendra Kumar/HT)
Experts say the region is a relatively undisturbed Aravalli forest, and part of important wildlife corridor contiguous with the protected Mangar Bani and Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary.(Yogendra Kumar/HT)
Published on Sep 09, 2019 02:26 AM IST
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Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai

Congress makes Aravalli protection political issue ahead of Haryana polls

The NCR Regional Plan 2021 has categorised the extension of Aravalli ridge in Haryana as Natural Conservation Zone (NCZ), where development activities are to be restricted.
The Congress party’s general secretary in Haryana, Pradeep Zaildar, on Sunday held a press conference in which he attacked the state government over its alleged reluctance to protect the Aravallis.
The Congress party’s general secretary in Haryana, Pradeep Zaildar, on Sunday held a press conference in which he attacked the state government over its alleged reluctance to protect the Aravallis.
Updated on Aug 25, 2019 11:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai, Gurugram

Government plans three new biodiversity parks in Gurugram district

Amit Khatri, deputy commissioner, added that the total area earmarked for restoration in different parts of the district under the Jal Shakti Abhiyan amounts to about 1,500 acres.
Amit Khatri, deputy commissioner, added that the total area earmarked for restoration in different parts of the district under the Jal Shakti Abhiyan amounts to about 1,500 acres.(HT image)
Amit Khatri, deputy commissioner, added that the total area earmarked for restoration in different parts of the district under the Jal Shakti Abhiyan amounts to about 1,500 acres.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 20, 2019 02:24 AM IST
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Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai

Sector 79 golf course directed to remove illegal structures from Aravalli forest land in 15 days

As per revenue records, about 25 to 30 acres of the golf course is built on either Aravalli plantation land or on land which is protected under the Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900, forest department officials said. The golf course is spread over 250 acres, the officials said.
The forest department on Friday served Gurgaon’s Golden Greens Golf Club (near Sakatpur village) with a notice asking it to remove illegal constructions from mushtil nos 49 and 55, which show that the club is occupying about 25 to 30 acres of protected forest land, in Gurugram, on Sunday, 04 August 2019.((Photo by Yogendra Kumar/Hindustan Times))
The forest department on Friday served Gurgaon’s Golden Greens Golf Club (near Sakatpur village) with a notice asking it to remove illegal constructions from mushtil nos 49 and 55, which show that the club is occupying about 25 to 30 acres of protected forest land, in Gurugram, on Sunday, 04 August 2019.((Photo by Yogendra Kumar/Hindustan Times))
Published on Aug 05, 2019 03:19 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent

Electric poles on forest land draw ire of green activists

The plot is part of the panchayat Aravalli common lands, and has been recorded as “gair mumkin pahar” in revenue records.
The power line crosses the Gurgaon-Faridabad highway.(HT Photo)
The power line crosses the Gurgaon-Faridabad highway.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2019 08:09 AM IST
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Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai

Aravallis to get 9 new checkpoints

This development comes just two days after the departments received a complaint of large-scale tree felling on the protected Aravalli land in Kot and Bandhwari villages, lying in the buffer zone of Mangar Bani, Delhi-NCR’s only remaining sacred grove.
The forest departments of Faridabad and Gurugram will together establish nine new security outposts for the protection of the Aravalli forests by August, department officials have confirmed.
The forest departments of Faridabad and Gurugram will together establish nine new security outposts for the protection of the Aravalli forests by August, department officials have confirmed.
Updated on May 28, 2019 07:44 AM IST
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Gurugram | By HT Correspondent

Gurugram’s new drainage plan focuses on revival of village ponds and recharging wells

This plan, which will be implemented over the next four years, was approved at the fourth meeting of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) on Monday, in Chandigarh.
A month before the expected arrival of the monsoon winds, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar gave his approval to a ‘comprehensive drainage plan’ for the city(Photo by Sakib Ali / Hindustan Times)
A month before the expected arrival of the monsoon winds, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar gave his approval to a ‘comprehensive drainage plan’ for the city(Photo by Sakib Ali / Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 28, 2019 07:44 AM IST
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Gurugram | By HT Correspondent

Residents of DLF-5 clear 200kg waste from the Aravallis

Plastic pollution is a problem plaguing the Aravallis.
Citizen activism for better conservation of the Aravallis has been mounting since November last year, when the NHAI revealed plans to build a six-lane highway through the area.(HTPhoto)
Citizen activism for better conservation of the Aravallis has been mounting since November last year, when the NHAI revealed plans to build a six-lane highway through the area.(HTPhoto)
Updated on May 20, 2019 11:12 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent

Wildlife dept team to fill water pits for animals in Aravallis

A special three-member team was formed on Monday to inspect the condition of water pits for animals. The department had identified a total of 35 water pits for animals last year.
Forest department officials said that this was also being done to keep wildlife away from human habitations skirting the Aravallis.(HT Photo)
Forest department officials said that this was also being done to keep wildlife away from human habitations skirting the Aravallis.(HT Photo)
Published on May 14, 2019 02:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Leena Dhankhar

Nilgai death sparks concerns over lack of water in Aravalli

Forest department officials said there was no shortage of water in the Aravallis, but the department would nevertheless continue to fill water pits in the forested areas of south Haryana beginning next week.
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Updated on May 11, 2019 12:40 AM IST
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Gurugram | By HT Correspondent

Forest dept served legal notices for not sharing details

City-based environmentalists alleged that the proposed project site for the Global City project is protected under the Natural Conservation Zone status of the NCR Planning Board as well as the Aravalli Notification (1992), which prohibits development activities on Aravalli land.
The forest department has been served legal notices after the district forest officer allegedly declined to provide information on the Haryana government’s upcoming Global City project as requested by activists under the RTI Act.
The forest department has been served legal notices after the district forest officer allegedly declined to provide information on the Haryana government’s upcoming Global City project as requested by activists under the RTI Act.
Published on Apr 25, 2019 12:56 AM IST
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By Prayag Arora-Desai

2 years on, fund crunch hits Aravalli protection task force

Activists have criticised the forest department for cutting back on this important security measure, and failing to form the Aravalli protection task force, which it had proposed more than two years ago.
A security post at Gairatpur Bas, which was found unmanned on Thursday, is in a dilapidated condition.(Parveen Kumar/ht photo)
A security post at Gairatpur Bas, which was found unmanned on Thursday, is in a dilapidated condition.(Parveen Kumar/ht photo)
Updated on Apr 12, 2019 09:02 AM IST
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Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai

Amended land law contradictory to NCR board’s plan, allege landowners

Several such property owners recently organised themselves under ‘PLPA Peedhit Haryana Jan Sangathan (PPHJS)’ to voice their support for PLPA amendment bill, which, if enacted, will open up 26,000 acres of Aravalli land in Gurugram and Faridabad for real estate development.
Residents and proprietors owning land in areas notified under Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) in Gurugram and Faridabad have alleged the PLPA contradicts the National Capital Region Planning Board’s (NCRPB) Regional Plan, 2021, for the NCR. (Photo by Yogendra Kumar/Hindustan Times)(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Residents and proprietors owning land in areas notified under Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) in Gurugram and Faridabad have alleged the PLPA contradicts the National Capital Region Planning Board’s (NCRPB) Regional Plan, 2021, for the NCR. (Photo by Yogendra Kumar/Hindustan Times)(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 18, 2019 02:45 AM IST
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Gurugram | By HT Correspondent

Aravalli property owners object to Supreme Court stay on land bill

Residents and property owners in Aravalli villages notified under the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) have objected to the Supreme Court’s (SC’s) stay on the PLPA Amendment Bill, claiming the law interferes with their constitutional right to property and trade.
Environmentalists, on the other hand, say that it is not legally permissible to ‘own’ PLPA-notified Aravalli land, and that the land has been privatised through ‘dubious’ means.(HT File Photo)
Environmentalists, on the other hand, say that it is not legally permissible to ‘own’ PLPA-notified Aravalli land, and that the land has been privatised through ‘dubious’ means.(HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 13, 2019 03:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai

Supreme Court warns Haryana against disturbing forests

The Supreme Court had on March 1 come down heavily on the Haryana government for passing amendments to the law, allowing construction activities in the Aravalli region. It refrained the state from acting on the amended law without the court’s permission.
The Supreme Court on Friday warned the Haryana government against disturbing the Aravalli hills or forest area, and said the state administration would be in trouble if constructions were allowed there.(HT File Photo)
The Supreme Court on Friday warned the Haryana government against disturbing the Aravalli hills or forest area, and said the state administration would be in trouble if constructions were allowed there.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 09, 2019 08:33 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

You will be in trouble if anything is done to Aravalli, Supreme Court warns Haryana government

The Supreme Court warned the Haryana government Friday that it will be in “trouble” if it has done “anything” with Aravalli hills or forest area by passing amendments to an Act to allow construction there.
File photo of Supreme Court, in New Delhi, India.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
File photo of Supreme Court, in New Delhi, India.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 08, 2019 08:11 PM IST
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Citizens protest in Surajkund against PLPA amendment

Jeetendra Bhadana, who runs a voluntary group called Save Aravalli, led the protest. Bhadana said that the state government should be careful to proceed with their proposal in view of the contempt of Supreme Court order.
Citizens in Gurugram and Faridabad continued their campaign against the Punjab Land Preservation Act(PLPA) amendment bill on Sunday, two days after it drew a strongly worded rebuke from the Supreme Court. . (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)(HT Photo)
Citizens in Gurugram and Faridabad continued their campaign against the Punjab Land Preservation Act(PLPA) amendment bill on Sunday, two days after it drew a strongly worded rebuke from the Supreme Court. . (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)(HT Photo)
Published on Mar 04, 2019 05:00 AM IST
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Gurugram | By HT Correspondent

Activists happy but sceptical if Supreme Court rebuke will save Aravallis

In the recent PLPA amendment, Haryana exempted the entire Aravalli stretches in Gurugram and Faridabad from PLPA protection against real estate development, mining and quarrying.
Activists happy but sceptical if Supreme Court rebuke will(HT Photo)
Activists happy but sceptical if Supreme Court rebuke will(HT Photo)
Published on Mar 02, 2019 12:52 AM IST
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New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi

‘Legislature not always supreme’: Supreme Court to Haryana on construction in Aravalli

The Haryana assembly on Wednesday had passed an amendment to the Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900 (PLPA), opening thousands of acres of land under the Aravalis and Shivalik ranges for real estate development and mining which could be a major threat to the environment and ecology in Delhi-NCR.
Upset at the Haryana assembly’s effort to overturn the Supreme Court’s ban on construction, the top court said it was sheer contempt.(Manoj Kumar/ HT Photo)
Upset at the Haryana assembly’s effort to overturn the Supreme Court’s ban on construction, the top court said it was sheer contempt.(Manoj Kumar/ HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 01, 2019 02:12 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha

Citizens protest against law that threatens Aravallis

The amendment, which has reportedly received approval from the state cabinet, is expected to be passed by the legislative assembly this week. The amendments will remove legal protection for about 60,000 acres of ecologically sensitive Aravalli land in south Haryana.
At least 300 citizens from Gurugram and Faridabad gathered at the Khushboo Chowk intersection on the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road on Sunday morning, denouncing the Haryana government’s proposed amendment of the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA).(Yogendra Kumar/HT Photo)
At least 300 citizens from Gurugram and Faridabad gathered at the Khushboo Chowk intersection on the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road on Sunday morning, denouncing the Haryana government’s proposed amendment of the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA).(Yogendra Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 25, 2019 12:11 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai

SC gives Kant Enclave residents get more time to vacate houses

As per an earlier court direction the owners were to vacate the premises by March 31. However, now they would get time till July 31.
The Supreme Court allowed the extension after lawyers appearing for some house owners of Kant Enclave requested for more time on the ground that the owners were senior citizens who needed some more time to look for another accommodation.(HT Photo)
The Supreme Court allowed the extension after lawyers appearing for some house owners of Kant Enclave requested for more time on the ground that the owners were senior citizens who needed some more time to look for another accommodation.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 15, 2019 01:59 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Gurugram, are you up for Aravalli plant mapping?

An effort to monitor re-forestation of the hills surrounding the city is on, with active citizen participation.
Residents will be carrying out the plant mapping activity at Aravalli Biodiversity Park. The activity will continue for two months.
Residents will be carrying out the plant mapping activity at Aravalli Biodiversity Park. The activity will continue for two months.
Updated on Jan 02, 2019 01:54 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Naina Arora, Gurugram

The SC order on Aravalli is not just about illegal mining

It must trigger a national debate and discussion not just on air pollution but also the rising threat of desertification
The threat of desertification is real for south Haryana, thanks to decrease in open forest cover in Aravalli range the last three decades. This deforestation of the range — which leads to less moisture in air — leads to sand storms and they might get worse if the pace of degradation continues.(REUTERS)
The threat of desertification is real for south Haryana, thanks to decrease in open forest cover in Aravalli range the last three decades. This deforestation of the range — which leads to less moisture in air — leads to sand storms and they might get worse if the pace of degradation continues.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 29, 2018 11:09 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By KumKum Dasgupta

Implement the SC order on Aravallis in letter and spirit

While the financial impact of illegal mining are quantifiable, there are many others such as health, that could have intergenerational impacts. They are, therefore, difficult to measure. But they can be damaging for people and set them back in their lives for a very long time.
The Supreme Court on October 23, 2018, ordered the Rajasthan government to stop illegal mining in a 115.34-hectare area in Aravalli hills within 48 hours after several hills had been razed because of over exploitation(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court on October 23, 2018, ordered the Rajasthan government to stop illegal mining in a 115.34-hectare area in Aravalli hills within 48 hours after several hills had been razed because of over exploitation(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 25, 2018 04:10 PM IST
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Supreme Court asks Rajasthan government to stop illegal mining in Aravalli hills in 48 hours

The Supreme Court referred to a report that said 31 hills or hillocks have vanished in Rajasthan’s Aravalli area. The disappearance of hills in Rajasthan could be one reason for the rise in pollution levels in Delhi, the court said.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Rajasthan government to stop illegal mining in a 115.34-hectare area in Aravalli hills within 48 hours.(HT/Photo for representation)
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Rajasthan government to stop illegal mining in a 115.34-hectare area in Aravalli hills within 48 hours.(HT/Photo for representation)
Updated on Oct 23, 2018 11:27 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha, New Delhi
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