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Trees will no longer be an obstacle for development in Gurgaon
Conflict between forest department of Gurgaon and Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) seems to be resolving after it had put hold on hold various development programs in the city. Many projects in corporation's areas are on hold because forest department were not ready to cut the trees, which are coming in the way of broadening the road and making cycle tracks on those roads. As per latest reports both parties have agreed on some common basis including transferring those trees to some other land.

IT IS likely that all development work by the MCG could re-start after it was obstructed by the forest department of the city. Last Friday MCG officials and the officials from District forest department met and discussed various issues which are coming in the way to start development work in various areas of the corporation - including cutting trees coming in a way to broaden roads.


Division Forest officer H M Renjitha said that the forest department has no problem and objection in shifting these trees to other lands but for this MCG should provide them alternate land.

MCG put forth all the problems faced by them in their development work, in front of Renjitha, and she promised them best support from the Forest Department. She told MCG that at those lands where trees are spread in the area of 1 Hectare or 10000 sq meter, they can themselves give permission to transfer trees but if the area of forest or trees is larger than 1 Hectare than they have to take permission from state government at state level.

She also assured MCG that in both the cases they will quickly talk to the state government and will finalise the shifting of these trees. "If MCG is gives us the alternate land than we have no problem in shifting these trees from Mehrauli road," said Renjitha.

Now, MCG is trying to find and select the land that they can give to the forest department so that they can shift trees as soon as possible. Commissioner Dhaiya also said that MCG has to problem in giving land to forest department as per the rules of forest department. "Corporation has to vacate its land in Sukhrali Village and Green belt area of Gurgaon which is encroached by the local people and then it will be allotted to forest division," said Dhaiya.

Dhaiya also assured that MCG will support forest department in planting more trees on these lands and in shifting trees from Mehrauli road on which the development work of broadening it is on hold from last one year.

Mehrauli road is one of the major roads in the city, and witnesses huge traffic, and needs to be broadened on an urgent basis. A cycle track was also planned to be build on that but because of many trees there is delay in the project since the last one year as the forest department is not giving permission to cut the trees. Now, since the issues between the two have been resolved, all plans will proceed without a glitch.
 


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