Un­der­stand­ing the re­vised plan

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The is­sue: The draft re­vised re­gional plan 2021 downplays the eco­log­i­cal im­por­tance of the re­gion where sa­cred groves such as Man­gar Bani act as wildlife cor­ri­dors be­tween the Asola Bhatti Sanc­tu­ary and the Sariska Na­tional Park Has it been cleared? The NCR Plan­ning Board was sched­uled to hold a spe­cial meet­ing last week to ap­prove the re­gional plan but the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice in­ter­vened and asked the union ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­istry not to ap­prove it. The meet­ing was also post­poned Re­moval of the 0.5% cap: The re­vised plan pro­poses re­moval of the 0.5% re­stric­tion on con­struc­tion in the nat­u­ral con­ser­va­tion zone which tech­ni­cally means that only half an acre can be built on a 100-acre plot of land Land suit­abil­ity anal­y­sis: This is manda­tory for all mas­ter plans in the NCR and is likely to be re­stricted only to new towns in the new draft. The anal­y­sis helps de­ter­mine if land is suit­able for set­tle­ment, agri­cul­ture, forests etc. Forests re­placed with green ar­eas: In the re­gional plan, the word ‘for­est’ has been re­placed with ‘green ar­eas’. This in­cor­rect iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of these ar­eas will mean that the For­est Con­ser­va­tion Act will not be ap­pli­ca­ble in these ar­eas and open them up for pri­vate coloni­sa­tion

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