Faizan Haider | Friday, February 04, 2011 – (Hindustan Times, New Dehli)
Gurgaon: Indiscriminate construction by builders with little or no regard for th depleting green cover and ecological balance has prompted the forest department to propose a forest reserve in the heart of the city.
Under the new forest management plan, authorities plan to develop a green buffer zone which will prove to be the lungs of the Millennium City.
Cities have to renew their forest management plan every 10 years. Gurgaon’s decade-old plan ended last year.
But now, forest officials have a serious problem at hand there is no space left in the city to plant trees.
“We will write to the government who can ask either the municipal corporation or Haryana Urban Development Authority to provide us a 10acre plot in New Gurgaon area where the green cover is decreasing considerably. We will develop a forest reserve and plant around 4,000 saplings,” said a forest department official who doesn’t wish to be named.
“At present, we are conducting a survey but the government has to decide whether they want new forest areas or not. We will send a proposal that Gurgaon badly needs green cover and there is an urgent need to increase the forest area,” the official added.
Authorities have also started issuing notices to residents who axe trees in and around their house without permission from the forest department. Officials have also expressed concerns on the lack of green belts in posh colonies of DLF, HUDA sectors, Sushant LOk and Southcity.
(The proposal to set up a city forest has been pending for a long time and the government should allocate land to the forest dept at the earliest.)
“We understand that they are cutting trees to develop more projects but we need to maintain the ecological balance. Residents chop down thousands of full=grown trees without caring for nature,” the officer further said.
RP Balwan, former conservator of forests, Gurgaon, said, “Each of us need to do something to save the trees. There has to be a balance between development and environment. The proposal to develop a city forest is pending for a long time and the government should allocate land at the earliest.”
Banyan, papal trees won’t be cut anymore
Gurgaon: Trees of Fichus family like banyan, papal, pilkhan and gullar will not face the axe in Gurgaon anymore. Fully grown trees will be transplanted to alternative sites preferably in the Biodiversity park, set up by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon, on MG Road.
The decision was taken in the meeting of members of the Biodiversity Park Society on Thursday. The meeting was chaired by the municipal commissioner RK Khullar, who also is the ex-office chairman of the Society.
Khullar said he would write to the secretary of the Forest Department requesting him not to cut those trees which could be removed, then the MCG would get it transplanted at its own cost.
Regional manager of Haryana Forest Development Corporation (HFDC) Subhash Yadav said trees of Fichus family can be transplanted.
In the last six months, the Forest Department with the help of an NGO, Haryali, has transplanted about a dozen trees. Plot owners, who approached the Forest Department seeking permission to cut trees on their property, were asked to transplant the trees.
In the meeting it was decided to plant 15,000 saplings in two months- from February and March. Flower plants will be grown along the pedestrian strip in te park.
It was also decided to construct ponds in the park. Before the onset of monsoon, six-seven ponds will be constructed. A member of the NGO, I am Gurgaon, Atal Kapoor said there are 14 such locations where water bodies can be constructed.
The society also decided to develop its own online portal to be linked to the MCG website where suggestions to develop the Biodiversity Park would be invited from residents.