Dia Mirza slams clear­ing of for­est in Gur­gaon

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Naina Arora

What are we will­ing to for­sake in the name of de­vel­op­ment? Asks ac­tor Dia Mirza, on felling of trees in the Aravalli re­gion for a real es­tate project, al­legedly in­volv­ing a lead­ing tele­com com­pany.

Af­ter the Haryana gov­ern­ment cleared the felling of more than 10,000 trees in the Araval­lis for con­struc­tion of a real es­tate project, last Sun­day, the re­gion saw chop­ping of trees in 52 acres of land in Sarai Kh­waja vil­lage in Farid­abad district. The move has evoke the wrath of ci­ti­zens, in­clud­ing that of Mirza, who tweeted that she would stop us­ing the ser­vices of the tele­com com­pany “if they cause de­struc­tion of our forests and green zones”. Her tweet was in re­sponse to the NGO, Save Aravali, ac­cus­ing the tele­com gi­ant for de­struc­tion of trees in the re­gion. Ac­tor Ran­deep Hooda, too, tweeted that if “there is any truth” to the re­port, then he would also boy­cott the com­pany.

The 35-year-old ac­tor feels that it’s im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge a prob­lem, so as to find an ap­pro­pri­ate so­lu­tion. She says, “Too many of us are un­aware of the grow­ing en­vi­ron­ment prob­lem. What we un­know­ingly and un­wit­tingly do is, when we in­vest in or sub­scribe to or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­pa­nies that are do­ing more dam­age than good, we are also sup­port­ing what is not right.”

She ex­plains, “Araval­lis are one of the old­est moun­tain ranges in the world. And it recharges the ground wa­ter. This ground wa­ter re­plen­ishes wa­ter for Delhi, Gur­gaon and Haryana, and we are dam­ag­ing it.”

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