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Delhi L-G halts construction of wall between Delhi and Gurgaon
In Southern ridge at the Delhi-Haryana border construction of a nearly 1 km long wall with an average height of 2.5 metres has been halted by the Delhi forest department. The department is trying to reserve forest “in its pristine glory” by curbing encroachment, cattle grazing and movement of vehicles.

After environmentalists complained to Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung that the wall would completely stop the movement of animals like Neelgai, Jackals; the work has been stopped on the controversial project at village Ghitorni near Gurgaon and Vasant Kunj (Delhi).

An environmentalist said,“It will also be a barrier, keeping people of two states from enjoying a vast green area, some of which has already been lost to urbanisation.”

“Your intervention can help preserve this area as one contiguous vital lung for the residents of both Delhi and Gurgaon and save the government's money. The wall is higher and more obtrusive than most jail walls,” the environmentalist said, as reported by HT.

Meanwhile, the Delhi forest department tried to defend itself by saying that the wall was being built to keep wild life from being scared by human activity. The barbed wires in the park has been removed as use of such material might injure animals.

The forest department also built walls in central ridge “to check encroachment and dumping of garbage.”

Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung took strong action and asked the forest department to review the project.

“The wall we were building looked quite monolithic. We’re looking at tweaking its design to ensure ridge conservation while not creating massive, permanent barriers for people and wildlife,” Delhi forest department head GN Sinha stated. He also said that they got nothing in writing from L-G office in order to halt the project.



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