#AravalliBachao Mr Khattar, Take back the amendment to the Punjab Land Preservation Act.

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Haryana has the lowest forest cover in the country, a mere 3.59% while being home to some of the most polluted cities in the world such as Gurugram and Faridabad.

In a move that has shocked the citizens, the Haryana State Assembly on 27th February 2019 passed a bill to amend the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), 1900. This amended bill seeks to make the act completely redundant as it will open up 74000 acres i.e. 33% of the area currently treated as forest land (under PLPA) in Haryana for urbanisation, mining and real estate development. At complete risk of destruction are 60,000 plus acres of PLPA protected Aravalli forests in Gurugram, Faridabad and other districts in South Haryana and 10,000 plus acres of forests in the Shivalik hills around Chandigarh. This amended bill only seeks to benefit the real estate sector and rich influential landsharks holding privatised common land in the Aravallis at the cost of our forests, wildlife, water security, air quality and the health and well-being of millions of people living in the National Capital Region including our future generations.

The honourable Supreme Court was aghast at the PLPA amendment bill and on 1st March 2019 gave a stay order on the implementation of the same.

CITIZENS ASKS FROM THE HARYANA GOVERNMENT

1.    Take back the amendment to the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), 1900 passed in the state assembly in February 2019.

2.    Re-notify all Aravalli forest areas which are protected under PLPA and for which the notifications have expired.

3.    Declare all Aravalli forests currently not protected by law such as the Mangar Bani sacred forest, Aravalli Biodiversity Park in Gurugram etc. as deemed forests and notify them under the Punjab Land Preservation Act.

4.    Keep the Aravallis off limits to real estate.

5. All the Aravalli areas from Asola, Anangpur, Sarai Khwaja, Mewla Maharajpur, Ankhir, Badkhal, down to Kot, Mangar Bani till Damdama lake should be zoned as a wild life sanctuary, given their importance as an important wildlife habitat and corridor in the region.

6. Set up a task force to make a roadmap to reach 5% legal forest cover by 2024 and 10% by 2030. At present our forest cover is only 3.59% whereas the Haryana forest policy target is of 20% forest and tree cover.

I am looking for your support in this crucial citizen campaign to #AravalliBachao
and #WithdrawPLPAamendment.

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