Kiran Choudhry, Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party, has asked the BJP regime, led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal, to immediately roll back its illegal order allowing felling of 10,000 trees in the Aravallis to free up space for construction of a real estate project.
In a statement issued here, the former excise and taxation minister said though a large number of trees had already been chopped over 52 acres at Sarai Khwaja village in Faridabad district, withdrawal of the order even at this stage would help save the remaining ones. The controversial order seems to have arrayed the IAS and Forest Service officials across the fence.
Questioning the legality of the BJP regime’s order to clear vegetation in the eco-sensitive and protected Aravalli region, Ms.Choudhry said the Aravalli region fell in Natural Conservation Zone (NCZ) and the issue of clearing vegetation for public or commercial projects was sub-judice, awaiting arbitration by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
Hammering the point home, she said under the NCZ category of the Regional Plan 2021, construction beyond 0.5% of the Aravallis was not allowed, and only projects aimed at encouraging recreational activities and conserving the region are to be cleared.
“With the forest cover of the state going down to four per cent, the BJP Government should promote the green cover than work to bring it down further. By rolling back its illegal order, the government can still help save hundreds of trees,” she added.