Article by Vimal Chander Joshi, July 8, timesofindia.com
GURGAON: The state forest department on Tuesday submitted an exhaustive report to the National Green Tribunal (NGT), highlighting the salient characteristics of Mangar forest, while also underlining the reasons to save the sacred grove located on the foothills of the Aravalis abutting Gurgaon-Faridabad road.
A senior forest department official said the report is the most exhaustive ever prepared by the department. The report mentions some new species of plants that have been discovered by experts from the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources. “We never knew that such species of plants ever existed in Mangar forest,” said a senior official, on condition of anonymity.
He also revealed that some samples of soil in Mangar forest have been collected and sent for a comprehensive report to the Indian Agricultural Research Institute that is likely to come in two week’s time.
The official said that the report runs into 50 pages, comprising 10-12 pages of primary content, plus nearly 30 pages of annexure and maps. He claimed the report is impartial and doesn’t take any stand for or against the private buy valium in dublin builders who want to encroach upon the forest area for commercial purposes.
“We have made a submission about the ground reality of the forest area that falls under Mangar and supported the claims by satellite images. The report doesn’t take a stand for any one — petitioner (environmentalists) or defendant (real estate companies),” the official said.
The report speaks of 440-acre land in and around Mangar Bani that was being converted from gair mumkin pahad (uncultivable hill) to agricultural land last year in September, allegedly at the behest of a real estate company. The same real estate company owns majority of this land.
Out of 440 acres, 125-175 acres falls under sacred grove of Bani while the status of entire land as per revenue records is Gair Mumkin Pahad.
The NGT had issued directions on April 15 this year to the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) that further gave orders to the department of forests to constitute a committee to make the report. The committee was finally constituted on May 29.