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To: Rao Narbir Singh, Haryana PWD minister and minister for forests; Ashok Sharma, Project Director, 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?

Update - May 6, 2019
After a meeting with GMDA in March, the NHAI has revived its plans to build two highways through Aravali Biodiversity park and even contracted consultants to draw up plans.

Update - Dec 8, 2018
Gurugram Municipal Corporation (MCG) commissioner Yashpal Yadav submitted a report to the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), asking them to reconsider the road project through Aravali Biodiversity park. The GMDA has been working closely with the Highways Authority for this project. In the report, the commissioner mentioned that the MCG had not been consulted in the planning of this road, and that it was not according to the 2031 Master Plan. NHAI said they would reconsider the proposal.

Background
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 twin link roads, connecting MG Road to NH-48 and Vasant Kunj, as part of the Gurgaon-Manesar connectivity project. 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
3. https://www.hindustantimes.com/gurugram/gmda-ignored-objection-to-roads-by-own-division/story-7sAxKPsycOoa6MFHDVKSiJ.html

Gurgaon, Haryana, India

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Reasons for signing

  • It's our city and our planet. Let's do it for our children.
  • because greenery is must for our existence. Aravali Biodiversity park is necessary for ecological balance.
  • Tarun thakur

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