Sending the wrong signals
Change in regional plan will set a precedent for other states
If the 0.5% cap on construction activities in the Aravallis is removed, Haryana will set a precedent for other states in the National Capital Region.
This will lead to rampant exploitation of the environment and green cover along the Yamuna bed in Delhi and Noida, say experts.
“So far, Master Plan Delhi 2021 does not allow development in the Ridge, protected forests and the Yamuna riverbed. The judiciary has been supportive too. With a precedent being set by Haryana, it needs to be seen how far the surrounding states resist the temptation to tamper with the natural resources, which anyway are depleting,” avers Ramesh Menon, director, Certes Realty Ltd, an MPD 2021 expert.
Despite a moratorium on construction along the Yamuna river bed, if the regional plan goes through, farmhouses are likely to come up along Zone 0 of the Master Plan 2021.
Farmhouses and other structures along the river bed in Noida, the Okhla reserve forest and the wetlands of Dadri, for instance, are also likely to be regularised if this plan were to be cleared, says Pradeep Kharbanda, an urban town planner.