The Aravallis are among the oldest mountain systems in the world and to preserve their habitat, a Delhi court has banned any non-forest activities from being carried out in three important Aravalli forest areas near Delhi.
This means that markets, shops and houses cannot be built in these areas and they would need to be maintained as pristine (pure) forests. This is a welcome move as many parts that were once part of the wild Aravalli region have been taken over by buildings and roads.
The cover image shows the Mangar bani forest near Delhi is one of the last green stretches of the Aravallis in the Delhi region. Mangar village is one of the three areas where non-forest activities have been banned.