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Punjab Land Preservation Act: Supreme Court does well to stall Haryana government’s amendments

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Given how caustic the Supreme Court was in its order to the Haryana government to not implement the amendments the latter recently made to the Punjab Land Preservation Act or PLPA, it is clear that the amendments were a mistake to begin with. They would have opened up thousands of acres of the Aravallis to activities like mining and construction, with serious implications for the environment in the region.

They would have also, retrospectively, legitimised illegal construction in the area—the Supreme Court, in September last year, had ordered the demolition of construction after 1992 in areas recognised as ‘forest’ under the PLPA in Haryana—including the infamous Kant Enclave project, and over 100 farmhouses and banquet halls built on forest land. Not only are the Aravallis important for biodiversity, they are also important for pollution control in the........

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