With as many schemes in 13 revenue villages near Amer and Delhi Road falling under the ESZ, locals have been demanding lease deeds. However, at a meeting chaired by the district collector on Wednesday, where forest and JDA officials were also present, a decision was taken to issue lease deeds only after implementation of ESZ zonal master plan.
The state forest department has declared 79.356 sqkm area as ESZ of Nahargarh (WLS) where several activities were prohibited. The central government had notified an area to an extent varying from 0 to 13km round the boundary of Nahargarh WLS as ESZ.
Assistant conservator of forests Ghanzansar Ali Zaidi said, “The final notification to declare ESZ of Nahargarh WLS was released on March 11, 2019. Now, within two years, the state government had to prepare ESZ zonal master plan in consultation with all departments including environment and forest, urban development, tourism, municipal, revenue, agriculture and others.”
Sources said the master plan shall not impose any restrictions on the approved existing land use, infrastructure and activities, unless so specified in this notification and the zonal master plan shall factor in improvement of all infrastructure and activities to be more efficient and eco-friendlier. With this, many new activities including hotel, farmhouses, resorts will not be allowed within a one-km area.