Haryana Government To Amend PLPA Act, Despite a Supreme Court Stay Order

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Damandeep Singh

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March 27, 2019

March 27, 2019

Updated on

March 27, 2019

Location of Conflict

Gurugram

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Township/Real Estate

Forest Administration

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People Affected by Conflict

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

30000

ha

Starting Year

2019

State

Haryana

Sector

Infrastructure

On March 1, 2019, the Supreme Court stayed the amendments to the 119yearold Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), admonishing the Haryana government for passing the amendment bill in "sheer contempt of court". The apex court termed the government's move a "misadventure" and accused it of destroying forests. Environmentalists hailed the court's order while property owners and real estate developers objected to the verdict. According to a news report, the amended law, if passed, would legalise more than 100 farmhouses/banquet halls constructed on forestland in Faridabad. According to environmentalists, the implementation of the proposed amendments will lead to destruction of the forests affecting native trees and herbs, migratory birds and wildlife. A Hindustan Times report attributes experts as saying that this will "severely threaten water security in the National Capital Region, increase desertification from Rajasthan and exacerbate air pollution". According to the Forest Survey of India assessment of 2017, Haryana has the smallest forest cover in the country3.59 per cent of its geographical area. Neelam Ahluwalia of NGO Aravalli Bachao movement, told Times of India: "The government must consult with experts about the implications of the bill and withdraw the amendment which stands to benefit the real estate sector only. As of July 2021, while the bill is yet to be notified, protests against environmental degradation and with demands for the withdrawal of the controversial bill continue.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Opposition against environmental degradation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for withdrawal of the bills amending the Punjab Land Preservation Act

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

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Year of Estimation

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Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Constitutional Law, Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

Constitution of India, 1950
Article 129: The Supreme Court has power to punish for contempt of court; Article 142: Power of the Supreme Court to do complete justice.
Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900
Section 3: State Government has the power to notify areas where it is desirable to provide for the conservation of sub-soil water or the prevention of erosion; Section 4 and 5: State government has the power to restrict certain activity in notified areas.
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What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Violation of environmental laws

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Disposed

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Supreme Court

Case Number

Writ Petition No. 4677 of 1985 - orders dated March 1, 2019 and September 11, 2018

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