Haryana, Delhi Get NGT Notices Over Felling Of Trees
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Haryana government to give revenue records of the land in Faridabad where it has allowed felling of trees for construction of a real estate project by Bharti Land Limited in the eco-sensitive Aravalli hills. A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the counsel appearing for the state government to produce the file before it to show whether the site in question was forest land or not.
"You produce before us the file of the forest department where the officer concerned has said that this is not a forest land. Give us the complete revenue records of the land in question. Get the officer concerned before us," the Bench said.
The NGT will hear the matter on November 30.
The NGT had earlier issued notices to the Environment Ministry, the Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana, the National Capital Region Planning Board, Ajay Enterprises, Bharti Land Limited and others hearing a plea that alleged the state government granted permission to two companies for felling trees for developing a housing society in village Sarai Khawaja in Faridabad without obtaining forest clearance under the provisions of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.
According to the plea, the two companies had approached the divisional forest officer of Faridabad, seeking permission for felling approximately 1,000 trees on the over-52-acres of land in the Sarai Khawaja village. It had contended that the deputy conservator of forests of Faridabad wrote to the conservator of forests, south circle, Gurgaon, on September 30, 2015, that such permission could not be granted as the land was part of the ecologically sensitive Aravallis. Later, permission was granted to Bharti Land Ltd for felling of the tress, the plea said.
Felling of trees in Dwarka Sector 25
Meanwhile, alleged felling of over 1,000 trees for a proposed international exhibition-cum-convention centre (IECC) at Dwarka has also come under the scanner of the NGT. The green panel has sought a response from the Centre and the Delhi government over the matter. The NGT asked the parties concerned to file their reply in 10 days, and listed the matter for hearing on December 11.
The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by city resident Shobhit Chauhan, seeking "complete review" of the Rs 26,000-crore project to protect trees from being chopped.
With an overall built-up space of 1.02 million square metres, the IECC will house exhibition halls, convention centres, banquet halls, an arena, a financial centre, hotels, food and beverage outlets, commercial and retail services and common internal infrastructure facilities. The IECC, which is coming up in Sector 25 will be able to host 5,000 to 10,000 delegates. It will take an estimated around 15 minutes to reach the centre from the Delhi international airport.
With inputs from Housing News