The National Green Tribunal has directed Haryana to prohibit all non-forest activities in the villages of Kot and Mangar in Faridabad and Roz-ka-Gujjar in Gurgaon. The direction came after it was contended that tourism,commercial and other non-forest activities were going on in the three villages.
A bench headed by tribunal chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said premises sealed by a committee constituted by the Deputy Commissioner,Gurgaon,as a preventive measure,are prohibited to carry on such activities and their premises would remain sealed till the next date of hearing.
The persons who are carrying on non-forest activities in violation of the provisions of the Indian Forest Act and also violating the provisions of the Environment Protection Act or Air Act should be prohibited from carrying on such activity in future, the tribunal said.
It directed the committee to make a general survey of the area in the three villages,namely Kot,Mangar and Roz-ka-Gujjar and report to the tribunal the details of the persons and the commercial/non-forestry activity which is being carried on by them in the forest area. The report shall clearly state as to the nature and the number of structures that have been raised by each of those ventures.
This committee shall also report to the tribunal if those ventures are using borewell and generator sets. If the answer is in the affirmative,the extent of its adverse effect on the ground water as well as in the air pollution in the area in question and whether they are causing pollution or not should also be stated, the tribunal said.
In the case,the applicants had contended that those involved in tourism,commercial and non-forest activities should be stopped forthwith as they are not only damaging the forest area but are adversely affecting the environment as well. The persons who are carrying on tourism and other commercial activities are using borewells to meet water needs and generator sets for electricity which are not available to them or have been disconnected under orders of the authorities concerned.
The Haryana government had said that they had already filed an affidavit listing the defaulting establishments where violations of the Forest Conservation Act were noted and that some of these units had already been sealed by the committee.