Joint committee report dated November 28, 2022 regarding illegal sand and stone mining taking place in various locations of Aravali range in the districts of Faridabad, Gurugram and Nuh, Haryana. In Aravali where mining has taken place by vertically shaving the hill slopes it is not feasible to restore the landscape to its original form, a joint committee report said.

The Mines and Geology Department, Haryana is committed to stop illegal mining in the Aravalli hill area of districts Faridabad, Gurugram and Nuh. The department has taken action in 9 cases out ouf 44 complaints received by it on illegal mining in Aravali hills area.

Reply by Aravalli Bachao Citizens Movement to the Joint Committee report dated October 7, 2022 and affidavit of Director of Mines and Geology Department dated October 8, 2022.

The matter related to illegal sand and stone mining taking place in the Aravalli range in the districts of Faridabad, Gurugram and Nuh in Haryana. Pandala Hills near Gairatpur Bas village, Gurgaon has been severely degraded on account of illegal mining, but no steps have been taken for its ecological restoration. Evidence of fresh illegal mining in Pandala Hills was found on a site visit.

Action taken report of the Chief Secretary, Haryana in compliance with the National Green Tribunal order, July 20, 2021.

The matter related to allegations of illegal mining in forest area (non-minable area) in Dadam mines hills, village Dadam. Illegal abstraction of groundwater in Dadam mining area. Unscientific mining in the mining area by the project proponent (M/s Govardhan Mine and Minerals).

Applicant's (Sumit Batra & Others) to the report of the joint committee, April 18, 2022.

Affidavit filed by the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Protection), Forest Department, Rajasthan in the matter of Sonya Ghosh Vs State of Haryana & Others dated 25/01/2022.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Kuldeep Singh Vs State of Haryana & Others dated 18/01/2022. Grievance in the application is against illegal mining in forest area by M/s Govardhan Mines and Minerals, Hisar at Dadam Hills, Tosham, district Bhiwani and also unscientific mining outside the forest area in violation of EC conditions. It is stated that there are FIRs, complaints and letters pointing out such illegalities but no remedial action is taken.

Affidavit filed by the state of Rajasthan in OA No. 04 of 2013 (Sonya Ghosh Vs State of Haryana & Ors.) dated 22/06/2021. The NGT, October 23, 2018 had directed the identification/classification of forest areas incorporated under Aravalli Notification, May 7, 1992.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Dr. Arun Kumar Sharma Vs Ministry of Environment Forests & Climate Change & Others dated 10/03/2021.

The application challenges the Zonal Master Plan, 2030 (ZMP 2030) for the Mount Abu Eco-sensitive Zone (ESZ).

The impugned ZMP 2030 was notified on October 29, 2015 after approval by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) September 28, 2015. The petitions challenged the same as being inconsistent with the ESZ notification June 25, 2009.

Written arguments on behalf of Bharat Kumar Jain for the protection and preservation of the ecological area of Mount Abu, situated in the Aravalli range in Rajasthan.

In terms of the notification of Eco-sensitive zone of Mount Abu, various construction activities were absolutely prohibited and accordingly when it was observed that under the garb of renovation various construction activities were going on by the politically and financially influential people, the application was filed, raising a substantial question relating to the environment.

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