Supreme Court Orders Demolition of Illegal Constructions in Faridabad's Kanth Enclave
The Supreme Court of India | (Photo Credits: PTI)

New Delhi, September 11: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the demolition of the illegal constructions in Haryana's Faridabad's Kanth Enclave area, saying that it is forest land.

The Supreme Court has also ordered the Haryana government to provide compensation to the people living in the illegal constructions.

Kanth enclave is located in Faridabad, Harayana, close to Delhi. The constructions were reportedly built illegally. The builders allegedly built the buildings knowing it is a forest area and that constructions are not allowed.

In another case of deforestation and violation of forest land, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had sent notices to the Centre and the governments of Rajasthan and Haryana over reported massive deforestation in Aravali Hills which is reportedly causing dust storm and health concerns in Delhi-NCR region. According to a report by the NHRC, deforestation in the Aravali hills is largely responsible for pollution touching dangerous levels in the capital region.

India ranks among the top ten countries of the world in terms of forest area despite the fact that none of the other 9 countries has a population density of more than 150 persons per sq km, compared to India, which has a population density of 382 persons per sq km. Forest Land in India: With 24.4% of Area Under Tree Cover, Nation Ranks 10th in The World.

India is ranked 10th in the world, with 24.4% of land area under forest and tree cover, even though it accounts for 2.4 % of the world surface area and sustains the needs of 17 % of human and 18 % livestock population. The total forest and tree cover is 24.39 per cent of the geographical area of the country.