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Court Asks Govt To Comply With Supreme Court Guidelines While Allowing Gravel Mining

Jaipur: The Jaipur bench of the Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday gave conditional sanction to sand mining from Banas river. The court asked the state government to comply with the Supreme Court guidelines while allowing mining of sand from the river.

People of Kavasambattu facing acute water scarcity for drinking and irrigation

The indiscriminate and continuous quarrying of sand from the Palar river bed in Kavasambattu village in Katpadi taluk for the last seven years has resulted in the drying up of agricultural wells and domestic wells and the consequent decline in agriculture in the village.

The state government has proposed to amend the existing rules to curb illegal sand quarrying in the state by increasing the penalty three-fold; from Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000 per truck carrying sand without a valid permit. According to the proposed amendment, the penalty imposed on each tractor carrying five tonnes of sand will be Rs 15,000 and Rs 3,000 per additional tonne. As per existing rules, the government can grant a lease for a period of more than one year.

The Supreme Court today asked the Jaipur Metro Development Authority to seek permission from the Ministry of Environment and Forests for carrying out sand mining from river bed for its metro rail project.

A special forest bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and C K Prasad said the MoEF shall consider within 10 days any application moved by the metro corporation for excavating sand from the river bed. The apex court passed the direction after Attorney General G E Vahanvati told the bench that the project development had been adversely affected after the Rajasthan High Court recently restrained any type of mining activities from Banas river.

Sounding a note of caution, about the adverse impact of underwater sand mining, Chief Justice Madan B. Lokur asked the advocate-general to seriously reconsider its policy on allowing it. The Chief Justice was hearing a batch of writ petitions on sand mining along with Justice P.V. Sanjay Kumar. The High Court had put a ban on sand mining across the state with effect from April 1 and the state government had filed an appeal, urging the court to lift the ban.

Minutes of the 15th meeting of the Gujarat Coastal Zone Management Authority held on 30/03/2012.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Deepak Kumar Vs State of Haryana & Ors dated 27/02/2012 regarding quarrying in the river beds of Yamuna, Tangri, Markanda, Ghaggar, Krishnavati River basin, Dohan River basin etc and extraction of minor minerals.

This is report of the expert group set up by the Ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) on environmental aspects of quarrying of minor minerals.

An Act to protect river banks and river beds from large scale dredging of river sand and to protect their biophysical environment system and regulate the removal of river sand and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.