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NGT seeks report on declaration of Najafgarh as wetland from Delhi and Haryana governments

GURUGRAM: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sought an action-taken stories from Delhi and Haryana governments over the declaration of wetlands in Najafgarh.

The instructions were given after the Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH) filed an execution application within the inexperienced tribunal, alleging the Haryana govt has rolled out a proposal to build a bund (check dam) near Najafgarh lake to reclaim lands belonging to farmers, and is subsequently backtracking from its stand to declare it a wetland.

“We filed an execution application because the state govt has not accomplished anything to inform the world round Najafgarh lake as a wetland. The proposed bund goes against the wetland notification. There is a need to remember the fact that destruction of the wetland may have a significant affect on Delhi-NCR’s groundwater level, except destroying the ecology,” stated Manu Bhatnagar of INTACH.

In 2016, the state govt had submitted a short lived record (a duplicate is with TOI) in NGT and the Union ministry of surroundings, forest and local weather exchange (MoEF&CC), pointing out that 120.80 hectare in Kherki Majra Dhankot near Najafgarh lake is a wetland and can be duly notified as such by means of the state govt.

Environmentalists concern building of a bund will comprise the water and destroy the wetland, which serves as a habitat for a number of chicken species and acts as a significant groundwater recharge zone for Delhi and Gurgaon. “The Haryana govt is in an excessively difficult state of affairs now, having itself dedicated in courtroom and submitted in writing that it will notify Najafgarh as a wetland. Any proposal to build a bund now will destroy the wetland. However, the federal government can’t backtrack from its stand any more, because it has submitted in writing that Najafgarh is a wetland,” stated Pankaj Gupta of NGO Delhi Bird Foundation.

In January, NewsTread reported that to woo citizens in eight villages, the state govt had proposed that villagers will have to sell their land to the federal government in order that it may build a bund to offer protection to their agricultural fields from flooding.

Farmers within the neighbouring villages declare that over 5,500 acre in eight villages — Dharampur, Momdheri, Daultabad, Kherki Majra, Dhankot, Chandu, Budhera and Makrola — stay flooded for most of the 12 months, fighting them from cultivating the land.

As consistent with an estimate, the 7km-long Najafgarh Jheel, positioned at the Delhi-Haryana border, has a potential to provide about 100 million litres of potable water a day to south-west Delhi and Gurgaon. The Najafgarh lake and drain also are the one retailers for floodwaters from Gurgaon. The lake and marshes have also been crucial habitat for lots of plant species and hosts over 280 chicken species, including larger flamingos, sarus cranes and bigger white pelicans.

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