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The southern Đồng Nai Province’s transport department on Thursday ordered four sand mining and dredging projects in the region to suspend operations.

The southern Đồng Nai Province’s transport department on Thursday ordered four sand mining and dredging projects in the region to suspend operations.

The power ministry was seeking to let regional officials grant forest clearances for projects that have an area up to 40 hectares

Nagpur: "It is unfortunate that commercial interests supersede environmental interests," said Maheep Gupta, chief conservator of forests (CCF), on Tuesday.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Western Zone Bench, Pune) in the matter of Anwar Jamadar Vs Collector, Kolhapur & Others dated 21/03/2017 regarding illegal sand mining carried out without Environment Clearance and use of suction pumps at Survey Nos.138, 267 of village Gourwad, Taluk Shirol, District Kolhapur, Maharashtra. According to Vijay Buran, Mining Inspector, the Additional Collector, Kolhapur had issued permissions for use of suction pump for sand excavation and NGT directs production of such permissions granted before the Court.

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Samaj Parivartana Samudaya & Others Vs State of Karnataka & Others dated 21/03/2017 regarding mining lessees to pay 10% of the sale proceeds of mining to the Monitoring Committee for eventual transfer to the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) that has been constituted to implement the Comprehensive Environment Plan for the Mining Impact Zone (CEPMIZ) in the Districts of Bellary, Chitradurga and Tumkur of the State of Karnataka.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Environmental Damage due to Illegal Mining, 21/03/2017.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Offsetting Environmental losses due to illegal mining, 20/03/2017.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Environmental clearances for CIL projects, 20/03/2017. Coal India Limited (CIL) is not facing any difficulty with the MoEF & CC in obtaining clearances for coal projects.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Complaints of illegal mining, 20/03/2017. Section 23C of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation), 1957 (MMDR Act, 1957), empowers State Governments to frame rules for preventing illegal mining, transportation and storage of minerals for the purposes connected therewith.

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