Don’t amend law to let mining resume in Goa: LawMin

THE UNION Law Ministry has said that the central government should decline Goa’s
request for an amendment to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act
to resume mining activity in the state. Law Secretary Suresh Chandra informed the
Mines Ministry last month that there was no legislative cure to the shutdown of
mines in Goa following a decision by the Supreme Court in February. He advised that
miners should directly approach the apex court for a review. Read more

Courtesy: The Indian Express

A picture of neglect: How bauxite mining has affected tribals in AP’s East Godavari

Environmental rights activist K Rajendra says that it is common practice in the region to take permission for laterite mining, but instead indulge in bauxite mining.

“From 2002, tribal lands have been snatched and the environment exploited. Such a ruthless exploitation of the hills will result in big problems in the future for surrounding villages, wildlife and tribal culture,” he says. Read more

Courtesy: The news minute

Aravali hills vanish, SC shocked; experts blame rampant mining

Believe it or not, Aravalis — one of oldest ranges in the world — remain undefined till date, leading to its steady depletion. The Supreme Court recently expressed shock and surprise over how 31 Aravali hills have vanished in Rajasthan with Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta observing: “Humans seem to be flying away with hills just like Hanuman.” Read more

Courtesy: Tribune India

SC says Sarda Mines guilty of illegal mining in Odisha

According to the Orissa government counsel, SMPL has to pay around Rs 1,938 crore as penalty for illegal mining till now. Sarda Mines had acquired a mining lease for over 947.046 hectare for 20 years from 2001 to 2021 for Thakurani iron ore mine in Keonjhar in Odisha, but the environment clearance was granted only in 2004. Read more

Courtesy: Financial express

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