“The Punjab Land Conservation Act (PLPA) was aimed at protecting and restoring soil erosion, and was only in force for a limited period. Many buildings in Gurugram and Faridabad would have to be demolished, if the authorities were to remove all structures from forest land. was to be removed as defined.”
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, in a fresh affidavit filed before the apex court, said buildings in Gurugram and Faridabad would have to be demolished if authorities had to remove all structures from the ‘forest land’, as the Supreme Court in its 2018 judgment said. was defined. 2018 Kant Enclave Verdict.
The Supreme Court had in 2018 held that all notified lands under the Punjab Land Conservation Act (PLPA) were to be treated as ‘forest land’.
This time opposing the apex court’s direction, Khattar said the notified lands under the Forest Act and PLPA are different and 40 per cent of Haryana’s area comes under PLPA.
The Chief Minister said, “The area notified under Forest Act and land notified under PLPA (Punjab Land Conservation Act) are different. Due to some mistakes, both the lands were treated as one. 40 per cent area of Haryana comes under PLPA. “
Khattar also said, “The PLPA was aimed at preserving and restoring soil erosion, and was only in force for a limited period. Many buildings in Gurugram and Faridabad would have to be demolished, if the authorities were to remove all of the forest land.” Structures were to be defined as they were.”
The state government on Thursday submitted an affidavit in the apex court, contending that all land under the PLPA cannot be treated as “forest land”, opposing what the court had said in 2018.
Khattar further claimed that earlier false affidavits were presented during the hearing.
“Earlier, wrong affidavits were presented. In our 85-page affidavit, we have requested the Supreme Court to set aside this (the land comes under Forest Act and PLPA) and take a decision on it,” he said.