GURGAON: The district forest department has issued notice to Ambience Group’s Raj Singh Gehlot asking for “retrieval of forest land” in Nathupur bund-a protected forest area-which has been used for developing Ambience Island Lagun Apartment.
The notice-a copy of which is in TOI’s possession-was issued on May 15. It says: “This notice is served on the said Raj Singh Gehlot for removal of all the structures constructed on the forest land along with all the malba or debris within 60 days of issue of this notice.”
The forest department “registered post” communique says the forest land needs to be retrieved in its original state.
The notice mentions that 6000 sq m, which was part of the bund and nullah, has been used for construction of the apartment and other structures. Nathupur bund and the nullah had been declared a protected forest by the state government’s gazette notification dated December 2, 1981. It says the construction is in gross violation of Forest (Conservation) Act and Indian Forest Act.
A forest official who did not wish to be named said they have approached the environment court in Faridabad seeking an order for punishment in case the forest department’s directions are not adhered to.
The department has also marked a copy to the district town planner and the regional director of pollution control board, requesting them it “to revoke all sanctions issued”.
However, Gehlot denied receiving any such notice. “We have not received any notification from the forest officials. We have obtained a stay on the case in the environment court. The government-conniving with my market rivals-has mala fide intentions in issuing such notices, which mean nothing,” said Gehlot.
He added that he had “licences for construction from the departments concerned.”
Earlier, the forest department had issued notice to the builder in 2008 to discontinue the “illegal” construction.