Forest department denies RTI information on Aravali land, faces legal notice

  • | Monday | 1st April, 2019

But the information sought by you doesn’t fall in any of these categories and hence the same cannot be provided.”“In the RTI application, the applicant had sought information covered within the domain of the forest department. The project is expected to have residential and industrial zonesand an 82-kilometre-long mass rapid transit system. The reply of the district forest officer is not acceptable and he may be warned to improve transparency in environment and forest matters,” states the legal notice which has also been sent to the forest minister.The government is planning to develop Global City near Sector 36B to serve as an important node to Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor sub-region of the state. GURUGRAM: A legal notice has been sent to the forest department by Colonel (retired) S S Oberoi, a city-based environment activist and legal expert, after the department denied response to an RTI application seeking information on transfer of 1,000 acres of land in the Aravalis for Haryana government’s Global City project near Sector 36B.The RTI application, a copy of which is with TOI, sought information on — if the land earmarked for the project requires any no objection certificate (NOC) for construction of the Global City; if the land falls under Aravali notification or PLPA; if there is any water body in the earmarked area; if there is presence of wildlife in the area; and if the area falls in eco-sensitive zone; if any green cover is proposed on the project land; and land records of the area.The RTI response, a copy of which is also with TOI, denied the information saying, “As per Section 2(f) of RTI Act 2005, information means any material in any form, including mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, reports, papers... in any electronic authority under any other law for the time being in force.

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