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No illegal mining in 115.34 hectares land in Aravalli: Rajasthan to SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government has told the that no was going on in 115.34 hectares of land in area of the state.

The of has filed an affidavit in the apex court which had on October 23 expressed shock over 31 "vanished" hills or hillocks in area and had asked the to stop in 115.34-hectare area there within 48 hours.

"It is stated on affidavit filed by D B Gupta who is of the government of that there is no going on in respect of 115.34 hectares of land, as mentioned in our order dated October 23, 2018," a bench headed by Justice noted in its October 29 order.

In the affidavit, the has also said that approximately 27 per cent ground truthing of the area has been done and serious efforts would be made to complete the entire exercise within a period of three months as per directions of the top court.

Ground truthing is an exercise conducted to ascertain the empirical evidence at the

The apex court posted the matter for further hearing after three months.

On October 23, the top court had observed that though Rajasthan was earning a royalty of around Rs 5,000 crore from mining activities in Aravalli, it cannot endanger the lives of lakhs of people in as disappearance of hills there could be one of reasons for rise in pollution level in the national capital region (NCR).

The court had also referred to a report of the central empowered committee (CEC) which had said that out of 128 samples taken by the Forest Survey of (FSI), as many as 31 hills or hillocks have vanished.

The state's had then told the apex court that all the government departments concerned in Rajasthan were "on the job" to stop illegal mining.

The court is dealing with a matter related to in the range.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 19:30 IST
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