Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding green belt encroachment by petrol pump in Badarpur, 13/09/2019

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Letter received with the subject - Save Forest land of Green Belt on Molarbad-Faridabad Bye-pass Road dated 13/09/2019 regarding remedial action against illegal setting up of a petrol pump in the green belt at Molarband, Badarpur, behind Sector 37 Police Station, Faridabad.

A report filed by the Municipal Corporation, Faridabad after many delays was found to be highly "unsatisfactory and cryptic". The report says that no NOC or permission has been issued for the petrol pump by the municipal corporation. Further, the Commissioner shifted the blame for not taking any action against the illegal operation of the petrol pump in the green land on the plea that the land belongs to HUDA. The

NGT while asking the Chief Secretary, Haryana to ensure that appropriate legal action against the petrol pump is taken, also directed that the Chief Secretary to look into the "failure and negligence of the Municipal Commissioner" on such matters. The Tribunal categorically stated that such important posts should be headed by a suitable and responsible officer and a decision should be taken at the earliest "so that public service functions assigned to such high officer are discharged in a responsible manner". NGT passed this order as there were found to be repeated failures of the Commissioner in performing her functions in various matters.