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.
Opposition against environmental degradation
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Constitutional Law, Other
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Violation of environmental laws
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Writ Petition No. 4677 of 1985 - orders dated March 1, 2019 and September 11, 2018
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