The Supreme Court has refused to postpone an order to remove encroachment in Faridabad's Aravali forest region.
"No indulgence is required to be shown to the Petitioners," said the Supreme Court.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court rejected to stay its judgment instructing Haryana and the Faridabad municipal corporation to remove encroachments in the Aravali forest region near Khori village, comprising roughly 10,000 residential structures, claiming that we want our forest land cleansed.
A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari instructed the state and the civic body to follow its June 7 order. The top court was hearing a request for a halt on the village's residential structures being demolished.
It also requested a compliance report from state officials after clearing all encroachments from the forest area adjacent to LakarpurKhori village in the Faridabad district in six weeks.
The location is in an Eco-Sensitive Zone, which is critical for maintaining the landscape's ecological integrity. The Secretary of Forest, Haryana, and the commissioner of the civic body, Faridabad, is responsible for ensuring compliance.
The Superintendent of Police in Faridabad has been ordered to provide sufficient personnel to allow corporate officials to conduct a demolition drive and cleanse forest tracts of encroachments. According to the judges, despite Supreme Court directives issued in February last year and April this year, the authorities did not demolish unlicensed homes on forest territory.
When authorities undertake demolitions and evictions, there is a public outcry, and authorities frequently confront law and order issues. In most circumstances, the procedure ends without the task being completed. Even when activists file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), and the case gets to court, only a few instances find a conclusion.
Despite a prohibition on construction on land covered by Sections 4 and 5 of the PLPA (Punjab Land Preservation Act), 1900, various unauthorized structures have sprung up in the revenue area Khori-Lakkadpur hamlet in the last two decades.
The land mafia carved out the settlement. Migrant workers and laborers make up the majority of the population.