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PMO favours conservation status for Mangar Bani (April)

Times of India, Delhi, Tuesday 29th April 2014 An RTI enquiry has revealed that the Prime Minister's Office has taken note of the ecological importance of Mangar Bani and adjoining areas and the repeated attempts by various agencies to avoid conservation status for it. The PMO has written twice to the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF), Haryana government and the NCR Planning Board (NCRPB) asking for their comments on making Mangar a conservation reserve.

 

The PMO had enclosed an anonymous note where the author has highlighted that Mangar is the "last true representation of natural Aravalli forests near Delhi," and suggested that it be notified as a "conservation reserve with community management." On January 7 2014, PMO had first sent the note to the agencies. They re-sent it on February 7, 2014 and said that "comments in the matter be expedited." In reply to lawyer Rohit Choudhury's RTI application, the PMO has also enclosed the note on Mangar, most likely from an environmentalist, which states that private land owners in Mangar should be given an exit clause so that they sell their land to the government and vacate the area.

 

The area that is critical according to the note is about 120 to 150 sqkm from Surajkund to Damdama. It suggests that all of Aravallis in Haryana be treated as deemed forest as per earlier Supreme Court judgements. The PMO also wrote to secretary, urban development on March 5 2014, about changes being made to the Regional Plan 2021 and Regional Plan for Haryana warning them to take MoEF's comments before making any changes.     

Times of India, Delhi, Tuesday 29th April 2014