Gurugram: Sultanpur National Park to be an eco-sensitive zone

Sultanpur National Park will be developed as an eco-sensitive zone for which the Draft Zonal Master Plan will be readied soon. Today, at a meeting at Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) the CEO V Umashankar and other officials took a decision to this effect.

At least, within a 5 km radius activities and facilities for attracting the bird species will be taken up. These activities will include conservation of waster bodies as well as repair and rejuvenation of such waster bodies, organic farming, agro forestry, afforestation to name a few. There will be a total ban on cutting of trees and construction in this area. Outside the boundary of the national park in an area of 3 kms construction as per guidelines of Gurugram-Manesar Urban complete 2031 and Krishi Zone construction permission for construction can be given but not before nod from the Ministry of environment & Wildlife Department.
No approval will be given for extracting groundwater. It was further thought any construction at a distance of 200-500 metres from the boundary of the national park cannot be more than 25 ft tall or upto 2-storeys and this clause can be a part of the draft. The directions issued by NGT will also be followed.

About 3 kms distance from the national park a tourism hub can be developed but its height shall not be above 15 metres, it was envisaged.

-Sandeep Siddhartha, Senior Reporter