How Haryana has failed the Aravalis

In 1900, the British had the foresight to realise that the survival of the hilly areas could be at risk without ecological safeguards. So, they introduced a land preservation act. The undivided Punjab state government continued the protection for the hills. However, after the formation of Haryana, the Aravalis have come under major threat with repeated attempts to dilute the legal cover, notwithstanding a few efforts in the 1970s and 1990s to notify some areas under the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) Read more

Courtesy: Times of India

Mining areas must provide status of water shortage: HC

PANAJI: The high court of Bombay at Goa has directed mining-affected panchayats facing water shortage to submit preliminary reports on the drinking water situation in their villages by September 26 to the District Mineral Foundation.

Last week, it directed concerned panchayat secretaries to personally submit relevant details to the secretary of the respective District Mineral Foundation. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

‘Sustainable mining can be profitable’

Sustainable mining is not a new concept for Goan Sustainable mining is not a new concept for Goan companies. But a few unscrupulous fly-by-night operators were tarnishing the local mining industry, said stakeholders, on Saturday. Industry experts further said that contrary to popular perception, sustainability and profitability were complimentary.

In the backdrop of the recent closure of mining operations in the state, the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised a seminar aimed at discussing issues related to sustainability of mining operations. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

Goa’s environment faces problems from infrastructure boom

“Mining companies wanted to mine even the Western Ghat foothills. I refused permission. Seven of Goa’s rivers originate in the Ghats. Where will the water come from if you mine the hills,” former Goa principal chief conservator of forests Richard D’Souza told Mongabay-India. D’Souza, along with the late Governor of Goa, J.F.R. Jacob, notified two additional Western Ghat wildlife sanctuaries, Mhadei and Netravali, during a brief spell of President’s rule in 1999. Read more


District Mineral Foundation organizes training programme on PMKKKY

District Mineral Foundation of Geology and Mining Department, J&K, organized a district level training programme on Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY) here today.During her address, Joint Director, G&M, Jammu, Manisha Sarin informed that the PMKKKY scheme aims towards transforming the lives of people living in areas which are affected directly or indirectly by mining.She said that under the scheme, several developmental and welfare programs are being implemented in mining affected areas that complement the existing ongoing schemes of State and Central Government.It also minimize the adverse impacts, during and after mining, on the environment, health and socio-economics of people in mining districts besides ensuring long-term sustainable livelihoods for the affected people in mining areas, she maintained.She said that the scheme is meant to provide for the welfare of areas and people affected by mining related operations, using the funds generated by District Mineral Foundations (DMFs). Read more

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