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Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of T. N. Godavarman Thirumulpad Vs Union of India & Others dated 03/02/2017 regarding mining in private forest land without forest clearance in Goa.

Supreme Court directs that mining leases having forest area may be renewed only after obtaining prior approval under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 and Rule 24A of the Mineral Concession Rules, 1960 is subject to the compliance of the provisions of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.

((I.A.NO. 2348-2349 IN W.P.(C) NO.202/1995)

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Biren Kr. Pradhan & Others Vs State of Odisha & Others dated 11/01/2017 regarding expansion of National Highway No. 49 from Bhojpur to Chhatabar Section covering a stretch of 200 Kms without obtaining forest clearance under the Forest (Conservation) act, 1980 even though 19.58 Ha of forest land are involved. NGT directs National Highway Division, Deogarh

and M/s Sridurga Condev to withhold further work on the project if forest clearance has not been obtained under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Manoj Kumar Banara & Others Vs State of Odisha & Others dated 05/01/2017 regarding diversion of 1419.95 ha of of forest land for the purpose of iron ore based industries at Jakhapura (Near Daitari) in Cuttack District of Orissa.NGT notes that Clause 6 of the Forest Clearance dated 3.2.1993 prohibits the user agency in cutting of 1.13 lakhs trees situated at 76 ha and directs the Respondent to submit before the Court that they have not cut any trees in the said area.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Hira Singh Markam Vs Union of India & Others dated 23/12/2016 regarding the order passed by the State of Chhattisgarh dated 23rd May, 2014 granting Forest Clearance under Section 2 of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 to divert 83.12 ha of land situated in East Bhanupratappur forest division for non-forest purpose i.e. for construction of phase-I of Dilirajhara-Rawghat Railway line.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Social Action for Forest & Environment (SAFE) Vs. Union of India & Ors. dated 22/12/2016 regarding camping activities along Ganga. The Counsel appearing for the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change submits that they have already cleared and approved the Regulatory Regime, Management Plan and Wildlife Institute of India (WII) report.

A public hearing is the only medium in the environmental clearance process through which people can interact directly with government officials and the project proponents regarding project-related concerns. The relevance of public hearings—underlining principles of “democratic participatory governance,” “sustainable development” and “natural justice” for people—can never be undermined.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Damage to forests due to mining in Chhattisgarh, 05/12/2016. The detail of Mines for which FC Clearance is gives in Annexed as Annexure I. The mining operation leads to complete loss of forest in mine area.

According to the company, around 90 per cent of the auctioned area is forest land.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Pending Projects, 22/11/2016. Pending projects involving environmental clearance and forest clearance are 722 and 146 respectively in number. The details are given at Annexure 1 & 2 respectively. The Ministry appraises and grants environmental clearance under Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006, amended from time to time which prescribes timelines for different stages.

A vibrant mining sector has the capacity to spur growth and add up to $ 70 billion to the country's economy as well as generate 60-70 lakh jobs, a report by industry body CII said.