Haryana Admits Aravalis &shivaliks Losing Green Cover, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

September 4, 2023

CHANDIGARH: Haryana’s rapid urbanisation is built on the depletion and diversion of its forest land, in the Aravali and Shivalik hill reserves especially. Environment minister Kanwar Pal Gujjar put it on record in the assembly’s monsoon session while responding to questions from Congress legislators Neeraj Sharma (NIT Faridabad) and Jagbir Singh Malik (Gohana).

Gurugram is the most denuded district of the Aravalis, while Panchkula is the most denuded district of the Shivaliks. The two districts also account for maximum forest diversion in their zones. Since 1980, urbanisation has robbed 4,239 hectares of forest cover in 10 Shivalik and Aravali districts. The Aravalis with their fragile ecology are already under the scanner of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and the Central Pollution Control Board. Huge forestland of the Aravalis has also been diverted in Faridabad, Bhiwani, Nuh, and Mahendergarh districts.

Of the Shivalik districts that have altered their forest land use, the worst are Ambala and Yamunanagar. It came out when Neeraj Sharma sought the details of compensatory afforestation in lieu of diverting this forest land. The Congress legislator doubted the accuracy of the data and claimed: “A major part of the questions was left unanswered but it’s clear that rapid urbanisation has ravaged the environment.”

Responding to Jagvir Singh Malik, the government claimed an increase in the state’s forest area. However, the report suggests negative growth in 10 of 22 districts, with Gurugram losing 2.47 square kilometres of forest, followed by illegal mining hub Bhiwani, which lost 2.39 sq km of forest. Faridabad, Mewat, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Palwal, Yamunanagar, Hisar, and Karnal are next. Besides the urban housing, the forest cover has also fallen prey to encroachment, slums, and illegal mining.

What happened to Gurugram in the Aravalis was repeated at Barwala, Raipur Rani, and Kalka in the Morni hills — which were taken by illegal colonies and farmhouses. Statistically, the state’s forest cover increased from 1,584 sq km in 2015 to 1,603.48 sq km in 2021, but Malik said the opposition wanted to know the change in the demography and forest conditions since 2014. He said: “Re-examine the districts that are reported to have positive forest growth.”

  • Published On Sep 4, 2023 at 09:11 AM IST

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