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Centre warns Haryana, Rajasthan on mining in Aravali hills

india Updated: Jul 20, 2009 16:40 IST

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The government on Monday warned action against Haryana and Rajasthan if they did not take adequate measures to stop illegal mining in Aravali hills.

"There is a Supreme Court order that mining in Aravali hills is illegal. We have repeatedly asked Haryana and Rajasthan governments to stop it. I will speak to both the state governments and if nothing happens, we will take action," Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh said in the Rajya Sabha.

To a supplementary on rampant construction of resorts and hotels in forest areas, Ramesh said, "as per the Forest Conservation Act 1980, Supreme Court's sanction is required for use of forest area other purposes.

"However, no notice has been brought to my knowledge about any such activity taking place in forest areas. But, if I get information that forest cover is being removed for construction of hotels and resorts, then I will take action," he warned.