Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding unauthorized construction in the forest area at Haridwar, Uttarakhand, 14/02/2019
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Gauri Maulekhi Vs Union of India & Others dated 14/02/2019 regarding unauthorized construction in the forest area at Haridwar. According to the applicant, such constructions adversely affect the environment adjoining Rajaji National Park, Shivalik Elephant Reserve, Tiger Reserve and wildlife habitats within the 100 meters of river Ganga.
The High Court of Uttarakhand in an order in 2013 had directed the state to ensure that no construction takes place within 200 meters from the bank of the river. Also the Tribunal through its order dated 24/08/2018 had called for the constitution of an Oversight Committee to oversee execution of orders of the Tribunal. The Committee observed that the work is still incomplete and further time is required for completion. Tribunal finds no objection to the said report and orders for another report to be submitted after three months.