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Supreme Court slams ‘Haryana Government’ over construction in Aravalli range

On Wednesday, The Haryana assembly had passed an amendment to the Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900 (PLPA), opening thousands of acres of land under the Aravalis and Shivalik ranges for real estate development and mining which could be a major threat to the environment and ecology in Delhi-NCR.

The Supreme Court asked the Haryana Government not to implement the new law allowing construction in Aravalli areas.

SC says, “It is really shocking.You are destroying the forest.It is not permissible”.

On Friday, The Haryana government recieved a sharp criticism from the Supreme Court over its law to allow construction in the ecologically-fragile Aravali region. Upset at the Haryana assembly’s effort to overturn the Supreme Court’s ban on construction, the top court said it was sheer contempt.

The Haryana assembly on Wednesday had passed an amendment to the Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900 (PLPA), opening thousands of acres of land under the Aravalis and Shivalik ranges for real estate development and mining which could be a major threat to the ecosystem of Delhi-NCR.

“Legislature is not supreme… At times, court also has to prevail,” the Supreme Court said. The bench said “we want to say a lot of things, but cannot”.

The Supreme Court said it wasn’t going to stop the government from enacting the law.

“But no action should be taken under the amended Act … It is really shocking that you are destroying the forest … It is not permissible,” the top court said.

Members of the opposition said that the new law would only help real estate developers and mining companies.

The amendment was passed amidst uproar in the House with the opposition Congress and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) legislators demanding that the bill to be sent to an Assembly Committee for re-examination and scrutiny.

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