The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has put the brakes on the proposal of using 65 acres of land in Sehrawan for setting up new toll booths. The proposal had been put forward by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the district administration of Gurugram. The NGT heard the complaint filed by a social activist from Manesar on Friday and fixed the next hearing on April 13. It also sent notices to NHAI and other respondents to remain present at the next hearing.
The NGT notice has brought big relief to complainant Ramavtar Yadav and other social activists who have been trying to save the 65 acres of forest land from being destroyed by the government.
“We will go to any extent to save the 65 acres of forest land. We doubt the intentions of the Haryana government and the Centre, as across the country, no place has required 65 acres of land for a toll booth. The government is bent on destroying the forest land of Manesar and Sehrawan, which is the only safe place for wild animals and a grazing land. We hope the NGT will be just,” said Yadav.
After Nitin Gadkri, Union Minister, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, announced the shifting of toll booths 11 kilometres from Kherki Daula to Sehrawan in August 2017, the NHAI had appealed to the Gurugram administration to hand over 65 acres of land in Sehrawan.