Supreme Court has stayed the Punjab Land Preservation (Haryana amendment) Act,
2019. The Court has further expressed concerns over the Haryana government’s decision
to allow construction in forest areas of Aravalli zone.
PLPA 2019 was recently passed by the Haryana government. The Act amends the
PLPA 1900. It permits construction activities in areas that were protected as
forests under PLPA 1900.
to critics, the act is a violation of several Supreme Court orders, in which it
has been stated that areas under PLPA are deemed forest. Environmentalists have
expressed concerns that the amendments would allow illegal mining and real
estate development in the Aravalli area, perpetuating environmental degradation.
are the oldest mountain range in India. It spreads across the states of
Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi.
Aravalli fold mountains is particularly significant for it’s a) role in prevention
of the spread of the Thar Desert towards eastern Rajasthan, Indo Gangetic plains,
Haryana and Western UP, b) ground water recharge function, c) blocking
dust storms approaching and d) ecological balance: It has forested
patches: Haryana’s five forest divisions- Gurgaon, Mewat, Mahendergarh, Faridabad
and Rewari- still have more than 465sqkm of total forest area.