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.

To make matters worse, Government of Haryana wants to take away whatever is left of the Aravalis. It has passed an amendment to the 118 year old Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) on 27th February 2019.

Are you aware of the role, the Aravalis play in the ecology of the region?Apart from acting as the green lungs for the rapidly urbanising cities of Gurugram and Faridabad, they also function as the most effective recharge zone for groundwater in this region where extraction is 300% more than the recharge.

This amendment bill to PLPA was passed by the Vidhan Sabha on 27th February 2019.The opposition walked out of the assembly in protest.

The Supreme Court came down hard on the Haryana government on 1st March and gave a stay order on this amendment. They call this amendment a sheer travesty by the Haryana government in their order and call it a contempt of the Supreme court's orders. They went as far as to say the Haryana government is not supreme! 

The stay will come up for discussion in the Supreme court on 8th March. We citizens need to speak up in one voice and support the judiciary's stand against the government. The elected government should be answerable to its people, not builders and people who fund their elections.

Who will be the beneficiaries of this amendment and who will be the losers?

Who stands to gain:
● Rich influential landsharks holding privatised common lands in the Aravalis
● A few real estate developers
● Benami land holders
● Black money investors

What do we lose:
● Citizens’ health and water security and future of our children
● Home and habitat of wildlife and birds

WIDER IMPLICATIONS OF THE AMENDMENT
1. It will destroy almost 60000+ acres of forests, which is 50% of the entire Aravali range in South Haryana (estimated to be about 1,25,000 acres) in
the districts of Gurugram, Faridabad, Nuh, Mehendargarh and Rewari.
2. It will also open up the entire zone of the Aravali forests in Gurugram and Faridabad to real estate development.At complete risk of destruction are 16,000+ acres of forests in Gurugram and 10,000+ acres of forests in Faridabad.

We, the citizens are petitioning the Government of Haryana to:
1. Keep Aravalis off limits to real estate.
2. Take back the amendment to the  crucial Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), 1900.
3. Re-notify all Aravali forest areas around Gurugram and Faridabad which are protected under PLPA and for which the notifications have expired .

I am looking for your support in this crucial and urgent campaign to save the future of this region.Sign and share this petition with everyone.

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