To: Sanjeev Ranjan, Chairman, National Highways Authority of India; Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister, Haryana

Save Aravali Biodiversity Park

Save Aravali Biodiversity Park

Don't allow the construction of a six-lane bypass through the lush Aravali Biodiversity Park in Gurgaon

Why is this important?

Aravali Biodiversity Park is a gorgeous, lush forest in the heart of Gurgaon. It's home to over 400 native plant and 180 bird species, and also animals like nilgai, civet cat, jungle cat, jackal, mongoose and more.

Now, this biodiversity hotspot is set to be destroyed to make way for a six-lane bypass to decongest traffic in between Manesar and Delhi. The timing of this "development" project couldn't be more distressing. NCR's air quality has been consistently sliding towards the very poor category and air pollution-related illnesses are on the rise. Amidst this phenomenon, Aravali Biodiversity Park has been a massive carbon sink and microclimate stabiliser.

Also, Gurgaon has been reeling under a severe water crisis in Gurugram, with groundwater depleting at 5m per year. The park serves to recharge over 320 million (32 crores) litres of water annually.

With shrinking green cover across the city, this project will aggravate the already-worrying air pollution levels across the city, besides the collateral impact on the flora and fauna and water recharge potential. Taking away our access to green spaces like this park is a gross violation of our fundamental right to fresh air. It's also massive dismissal on several environmental, moral & civic grounds.

It's time we all stood up for our collective health and well-being by protesting poorly planned development projects like these.

Sign this petition to Save Aravali Biodiversity Park from total destruction.

Sources
1. https://www.ndtv.com/gurgaon-news/gurgaon-residents-protest-planned-road-through-aravali-biodiversity-park-1938797?fbclid=IwAR2tK5rUCl1RmaUq9tX7uu0Wd678CzRv9ePcUDwaE02madtjoclTarWs4bc
2. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/thousands-gather-to-protest-nhais-road-plan-in-aravali-biodiversity-park/articleshow/66407137.cms

Gurgaon, Haryana, India

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Reasons for signing

  • The Aravali and Yamuna Biodiversity Parks are the first of their kind in Asia, if not the world. Results: Increased fauna from just 25-30 to 2,500 species. Act as carbon sinks for the city Reduce dust pollution Buffer local weather Help purify and recharge water. We should proudly protect these unique parks as International Treasures for completely rebuilding lost ecosystems. This is an environmental and scientific model that needs to be celebrated and replicated across the world.
  • We owe it to our coming generations.
  • It has taken years to create a lung for Gurugram. Please do not threaten this fragile eco system.

Updates

2018-11-03 12:09:50 +0530

1,000 signatures reached

2018-10-30 21:45:53 +0530

500 signatures reached

2018-10-29 20:33:54 +0530

100 signatures reached

2018-10-29 18:09:00 +0530

50 signatures reached

2018-10-29 16:36:01 +0530

25 signatures reached

2018-10-29 14:19:31 +0530

10 signatures reached