Stop illegal mining in Aravalli hills within 48 hours: SC directs Rajasthan Govt

Rajathan [India], Oct 23 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Rajasthan Government to stop illegal mining in a 115.34 hectare area in Aravalli Hills within 48 hours. A bech comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said it was compelled to pass the order because rajasthan has taken the issue "very lightly". The apex court also referred to a central empowered committee report that 31 hills or hillocks have vanished in the state's Aravalli area. The disappearance of hills in Rajasthan could be one reason for the rise in pollution levels in Delhi, the court said The bench directed the chief secretary of Rajasthan to file an affidavit regarding compliance of its order. The court was hearing a matter related to illegal mining activities in Aravalli hills. A whopping 98.87 lakh metric tonnes of minerals were illegally excavated in a period of five years in five Rajasthan districts, report by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) read.(ANI)
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