A gazette notification in this regard has been issued by the Union Environment Ministry after amending the EIA notification of 2006.
According to the amendments, the state government and/or district Environment Impact Assessment Authority and District Expert Appraisal Committee have powers to prepare a district survey report of minor minerals other than sand and bajri.
The purpose of the survey report is to identify areas of deposition where mining can be allowed, and identification of areas of erosion and proximity to infrastructural structures and installations where mining should be prohibited.
The report will also give update on annual rate of replenishment and allowing time for replenishment after mining in that area.
A format has also been given for preparing a district survey report.
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