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Green cover: Entire Aravalli range should be classified as ‘deemed forests’

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The National Green Tribunal (NGT), by terming parts of the Aravallis in Haryana as forests, has given the range a breather. Describing as “erroneous in law” the stand of the Haryana government and the Union ministry of environment and forests which insisted the area in question was not a forest, the NGT classified the 52.3-acre patch in Faridabad as one. This ruling has important implications for the Aravallis on which illegal construction continues unabated. The Haryana government, in the beginning of this month, enacted amendments to the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) that would have........

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