GURGAON: National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered status quo, till the next hearing in May, on the six farmhouses which were sealed by Gurgaon administration recently.

The district administration had formed a special committee to take action against the farmhouse owners who were running commercial activities from the premises. Satisfied with the action taken, the tribunal has also ordered the committee to monitor all the illegal activities in the region.

In order to remove bureaucratic hinderances in monitoring of forest violations, the tribunal has directed that the committee shall conduct survey in the region irrespective of territorial jurisdictions.

The tribunal also ordered that the committee already constituted by Gurgaon deputy commissioner, PC Meena, shall carry out survey of the area in the three villages (Kot, Mangar and Roz-ka-Gujjar) and submit the details of the persons and the commercial/non-forestry activity which is being carried on in the forest area.

The report shall clearly state the nature and the number of structures that have been raised by each of those ventures. The committee shall also report to the tribunal if those ventures are using borewell and power gensets. The tribunal also wants to know the extent of adverse effect on the ground water due to borewell as well as in air quality due to use of gensets.

The tribunal gave out these directions in its April 14 order, a copy of which is with TOI, stating that the premises of the farmhouses in question shall remain sealed till next hearing in May.

The committee had sealed these farmhouses on the grounds of violations of Forest Conservation Act, 1980 and also under notification on Aravalli region by Union environment ministry. Earlier, during the hearing, the state government counsel argued that there are tourism, commercial and other non-forest activities going on the three villages Kot, Mangar and Roz-ka-Gujjar.

The tribunal also ordered the forest department to take care of greenery and plants in farmhouses while the premises are sealed. Earlier, TOI had reported that villagers lodged complaints against commercial activities in the farmhouses.