In the Sonya Ghosh case, National Green Tribunal (NGT) in August 2020 ordered an end to the construction activities, restore the forest, and illegal structures. The authority plans to demolish 200 illegal constructions or work in Aravalis within 15 days.
GURUGRAM: The forest department plans to demolish an illegal structures in Abheypur near Damdama on more than 20 acres of Aravali’s land. After implementing GRAP-3 restrictions, the forest department wanted to free Aravali from demolition and encroachments in the district.
In August 2020, the NGT ordered an end to stop all illegal construction activities, illegal tree felling, and restore the forest in the Sonya Ghosh case. The authority plans to demolish 200 illegal structures and construction in Aravalis in 15 days.
Divisional Forest Officer of Gurugram Said
Rajiv Tejyan, divisional forest officer of Gurugram, said a total of 52 violations have been registered or reported in areas protected under sections 4 and 5 of the PLPA (Punjab Land Preservation Act). And about 1900 show-cause notices have been issued to all the violators by the department.
He also said we have a plan to restore forest land and demolish farmhouses in Abheypur near Damdama. Rajiv also said Sohna’s municipal body and government authorities would soon perform demolitions in Raisina.
District Administration and NGT Will Soon Perform Surveys
The district administration and NGT will soon be performed surveys every week in the Aravali region to ensure no further illegal work encroachments happen after forest restoration.
Illegal Structures in Aravalis
In September 2021, NGT (National Green Tribunal) issued orders to the Haryana government and Rajasthan governments to take suitable action to remove and stop illegal constructions in Aravalis.
Both state governments are now given three months to submit their activity reports. This came when Sonya Ghosh petitioned the court for the illegal construction in the ‘gair mumkin pahar’ hill area of the Aravalis hills in three districts of Haryana (Gurgaon, Faridabad, and Nuh) and one in Rajasthan (Alwar district).
On July 21, 2022, in the case of Narinder Singh vs. Divesh Bhutani, the Supreme Court said that land under special orders issued as per Section 4 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act should be treated as forests and that the allocation of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980 will apply to this land.
As per the reports, approx. Five hundred farmhouses have been built illegally on Aravali land in Gurugram, Sohna, Abheypur, Gwalpahari, Gairatpur Bas, Manesar, and Raisina.