The way for­ward for Man­gar Bani

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What it means: The Haryana gov­ern­ment has de­cided to de­mar­cate a 500 m buf­fer zone as a NCZ. In this case, if Man­gar Bani is taken to be a hole in a dough­nut, the size of which is yet not clear, the ring will be the buf­fer zone

What next? The for­est depart­ment will have to mark out the area that needs to be con­served as Man­gar Bani. It will fac­tor in eco­log­i­cal prin­ci­ples be­fore de­mar­cat­ing the zone. The buf­fer zone of 500 m will be cre­ated au­to­mat­i­cally

Def­i­ni­tion of a for­est: In the NCRB meet­ing it was de­cided that Haryana would main­tain sta­tus quo on iden­ti­fied NCZs of for­est lands till the min­istry of en­vi­ron­ment and forests comes out with the def­i­ni­tion of for­est ar­eas

The sit­u­a­tion on the ground: Most parts of the Aravallis are not treated as forests by the Haryana gov­ern­ment but as non-cul­tivable land in the state’s rev­enue records. The wooded area has thick forests in some parts and open scrub ar­eas in oth­ers

Sta­tus quo to be main­tained: Haryana has to iden­tify its forests as per ‘dic­tio­nary mean­ing’ fol­low­ing the Supreme Court or­ders in 1996, 1997 and 2011 and till that is done th­ese ar­eas should be kept as they are. That is, sta­tus quo has to be main­tained and no change of land use li­censes is­sued

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