1lakh fine to de­stroy for­est is a ‘pal­try sum’

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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.

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