Understanding the revised plan
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