Mining operations - Haryana warned

Published: Friday 28 February 2003

The Supreme Court warned the state of Haryana and mine contractors of "serious consequences" if mining operations continued in the state's ecologically fragile Aravali Hills.

A division bench said it was "extremely concerned" about the unabated illegal activities despite previous ban orders. The mining was continuing even after affidavits were filed by deputy commissioners of Gurgaon, Faridabad and range police officers, stating that no mining activities were taking place in the prohibited areas of the Aravali Hills.

The court's anger was aggravated when it was pointed out that around 6,000 truckloads of minerals have been transported out of the state even after the ban orders were imposed. It also took exception to the fact that the high-powered committee assigned to file a status report, could not do so as concerned authorities in Haryana did not provide relevant documents.

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