SC warns Haryana govt on Aravali hills

   By PC Bureau ,  09-Mar-2019
SC warns Haryana govt on Aravali hills

The Supreme Court gave deadline in January this year and extended till July 31, whose buildings were ordered to be demolished due to illegal constructions in forest area of Aravalli hills.

The Supreme Court warned the Haryana government against troubling the hills and forest of Aravalli hills.

"We are concerned with Aravalli. If you are doing anything with Aravalli or Kant Enclave (where the top court had ordered demolition of buildings due to illegal constructions in forest area) you will be in trouble. If you are doing anything with forest, you will be in trouble. We are telling you," Solicitor general Tushar Mehta said.

During the brief hearing on Friday, the Assembly has passed the bill but it has not become an Act yet. Mehta added

The Haryana Assembly on February 27 had passed the Punjab Land Preservation (Haryana Amendment) Bill, 2019, amending the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), enacted by then Punjab Government in 1900.

The PLPA also provided for conservation of sub-soil water and prevention of erosion in areas found to be subject to erosion or likely to become liable to erosion. The orders and notifications issued under the Act extend to approximately 10,945 sq km, accounting roughly for about 25 per cent of Haryana. It covers, wholly or partly, 14 of the state’s 22 districts.

On March 1, the Supreme Court had come down heavily on the Haryana government for passing amendments to the law and said the state would not act on it without the court's permission. 

The Haryana Amendment Bill takes the protection to cover off the Aravali hills

The Supreme Court gave deadline in January this year and extended till July 31, whose buildings were ordered to be demolished due to illegal constructions in forest area of Aravalli hills.

The 1992 notification issued under the provisions of PLPA had prohibited clearing or breaking up of land not ordinarily under cultivation.

The court posted the hearing on April first week.