Concerned over the ecological devastation of the Aravalli Hills, the Supreme Court on Friday banned mining in 157 mines in 15 districts of Rajasthan Rajasthan spread over 15,000 square kilometres.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice K.G. Balakrishnan also ordered the Forest Survey of India, Rajasthan government and the court-appointed Central Empowered Committee to prepare a satellite imagery of the entire Aravalli Range in Rajasthan to find out the extend of damage caused to the area.
The court ordered release of Rs 5 crore from Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management And Planning Authority (CAMPA) for the purpose. The report has to be submitted to the court within four months.