1lakh fine to destroy forest is a ‘paltry sum’
Sarvadaman Oberoi, also an environmentalist, said there had been rampant damage done to the forest. “Construction is going on in the area which comes under protected or reserved forest area notified under the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA)-1900. Many developers tried to change the status of uncultivated land to agricultural land that comes under PLPA. The Act prohibits non-forestry activity in the area. The manner in which the permission is given for construction is unfair. The court will take a decision on the demolition of buildings constructed in the Mangar area.”
Vivek Kamboj, another activist, felt a fine was not enough. The developers had caused much harm to the environment and allowing of agriculture and construction of roads in the Aravalli areas of Mangar would open the unfragmented jungle to traffic and colonisation, he said.