Aravali Forest: The Supreme Court on June 7 ordered the demolition of all houses in the Aravali forest area of Lakkadpur-Khori village in Faridabad, Haryana, within six weeks. The Supreme Court has clarified that the forest area should be cleared under any circumstances and no compromise can be reached in this regard. About 10 thousand houses have been built in the Aravali forest area.
Order to demolish 10 thousand houses
The Supreme Court has directed the Haryana government and other concerned officials to demolish about 10,000 illegally constructed houses in Khori village of Aravali Forest in Haryana. A bench of the apex court headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari in its order directed the Faridabad Municipal Corporation of Haryana and the concerned police to ensure that the Aravali forest area be cleared within six weeks.
A bench of the Supreme Court, while refusing to stay the order to demolish the illegal structures, said, “Land grabbers cannot resort to the law.”
No compromise with forest land: Supreme
A writ petition filed before the Supreme Court has claimed that about 1,700 huts have been demolished by the Faridabad Municipal Corporation without due process of law.
“In our view, the petitioners are bound by the directions set forth in the orders issued by the High Court and the Supreme Court in February 2020 and April 2021,” the apex court said in its order today. The Supreme Court said in its order today that no compromise should be made with the forest land.
The order was issued by the High Court in 2016
The bench had objected that in 2016, the High Court had ordered removal of constructions in Aravali Forest area, but even after five years, it has not been implemented yet. The bench also said that in February 2020, the Supreme Court had also asked the corporation to demolish the illegal buildings.
Action to be taken in 6 months and report to be submitted: Supreme
In September 2020, the Supreme Court again issued this order. The bench said that despite all these orders, the Aravali Forest area could not be cleared. The bench said that this shows the indifference of the corporation somewhere. Faridabad Corporation’s lawyer said that demolition work has been done but people are throwing stones at the corporation’s team.
The apex court has said that a report on compliance with the order should be submitted within six months, after which we will look into the report. The bench made it clear that the officers concerned would be directly responsible if the order was not complied with.
The Supreme Court has directed the Faridabad Superintendent of Police to ensure adequate security for the corporation employees. The court said the SP would be held responsible if any irresponsibility was provided in providing security.