Aarey officially declared as forest, 712 acres of land handed over to SGNP

 In 2019, the Maharashtra government had handed over 100 acres for a zoo which is now part of the Aarey forest. Also, an added 90 acres in ownership of the SGNP is reserved for the relief and rehabilitation of tribals and slum occupants.

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The Aarey Colony land which was declared as a forest last year has been officially handed over to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) authorities earlier this week. The newly named chief executive officer of Aarey formally handed a total of 712 acres of land to the SGNP director.

 In 2019, the Maharashtra government had handed over 100 acres for a zoo which is now part of the Aarey forest. Also, an added 90 acres in ownership of the SGNP is reserved for the relief and rehabilitation of tribals and slum occupants.

In September 2020, the Maharashtra government had announced to declare 600 acres of land in Mumbai’s iconic colony as a reserve forest and now it is officially a forest. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said in September 2020 that the state government would allocate 600-acres of land in the Aarey colony as a reserve forest. Later, the reserve forest area was expanded to 812 acres. 

As reported in a leading news portal, G Mallikarjun, director SGNP, said in a statement that the state revenue and forest department has sanctioned the post of a forester and four forest guards for the additional forest area which made the takeover possible. While 800 acres were declared as forest last year, five acres will be returned to the dairy development department as it was earlier earmarked for a police station.