GURUGRAM: As many as nine have been placed illegally in a 100-year-old apparently to extract from a natural drain in the , alleged Manesar who have lodged a complaint with the forest department demanding action.
The villagers also claimed that several trees had been uprooted, disturbing the ecology of the area.

“Some illegal activities are being carried out by some defence personnel in the forest land under the village panchayat of Manesar. Many trees and plants have been removed from this area illegally. The check dam on an adda nallah (natural drain) has also been destroyed by putting big hosepipes, which are extracting water from the dam,” alleged Ram Avtar Yadav, a resident of Manesar, in a letter to the forest department.

Another resident, requesting anonymity, said the monsoon was a good time to recharge groundwater through water bodies and check dams. “However, as the hosepipes have been installed, rainwater is not accumulating in the dam, preventing groundwater recharge. If the dam dries up, it will affect trees as well as wildlife,” he added.

“A team from the forest department and a soil conservationist visited the site, but they have not taken any action as yet. Nobody seems to be bothered,” said Yadav. Sources in the department said they were in the process of preparing a report on the matter. Spread over two acres, the dam was built by the British to recharge groundwater and provide water to wildlife in the Aravalis.

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