"We order that all kinds of mining and related activities along the aforesaid Kaziranga National Park area and in the entire catchment area of rivers/streams and rivulets originating in Karbi Anglong Hill ranges and flowing into the Kaziranga National Park, including Tiger Reserve are restrained.
"No new construction shall be permitted on private lands which form part of the nine identified animal corridors," the bench said.
The apex court also directed the Director General of Police, Assam and the concerned Superintendent of Police to ensure that no illegal mining takes place in the aforesaid area and no transportation of illegally mined material happens from Karbi Anglong Hills.
The report said many of the sites selected for operation of the mining activities are qualified to be recognised as forests and therefore in such areas the prior mandatory forest clearance from the Centre is a must.
"The mining activities permitted by Karbi Anglong officials along with various wildlife corridors connecting KNP and Karbi Anglong Hills landscape are without the authority of law," the CEC said.
He had claimed that more than 60 illegal stone quarries are in operation at Karbi Anglong Hills, adjoining the national park, threatening the landscape and survival of the national park.
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