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Ministry mulls over policy to protect Aravali forests

There are policies for forests but there is a need for a separate policy to conserve these forests, said EM

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Publish Date: Jun 28 2016 3:40PM | Updated Date: Jun 29 2016 10:54AM

Ministry mulls over policy to protect Aravali forests

Union ministry of environment and forest is likely to come up with a new ' policy', on the basis of several orders passed by courts down the years, in a concerted attempt at protection and conservation of the ancient hill range. 


"There are policies for forests, but there is a need for a separate policy to protect and conserve these forests," said Union minister Prakash Javadekar after the aerial inspection of forest recently.


He said in the past few years, several orders have been passed by courts to protect the s. "A policy will be formulated to strengthen these efforts, and improve the forest," said Javadekar, adding the policy will be formulated on the basis of court orders, to ensure balanced growth and protection of forest.


Elaborating further, Javadekar said Haryana has just 3.6% of forest cover, with s its only green patch. So there is need to protect it." has historical and ecological importance. Policy will be formulated keeping this in mind," he said.


The decision for a new policy arose with a backdrop of pending identification and demarcation of a nature conservation zone (NCZ) within it, as per the Regional Plan 2021 of the NCR planning board (NCRPB) and unimplemented directions of the SC to identify forests as per dictionary meaning and recorded forest.


At the NCRPB board meeting on June 15, 2016, Haryana had stated that only small portions of Gurgaon and Faridabad fall under the s, and asked MoEF and Union urban development ministry to define the area. Over the years, large part of the forest has been privatised, with developers developing several hundreds of acres into plush farmhouses and societies.


Most of these developers bought land in the Gurgaon and Faridabad stretches of forests by getting revenue records changed.