The National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) central bench has directed the Rajasthan government to carry out a satellite study to find out whether one third areas of mines in the state have green belt.
It also asked the state government to submit a report by September 13.
The NGT warned that operation in mines without one third green area will be closed in case if the report is not submitted on time. There are 33,000 mines in Rajasthan.
The green regulator issued the order on August 16. In compliance of the order, state pollution control board member secretary KCA Arun Prasad on Tuesday wrote to the secretary, department of mines and forest department to take action.
The central bench of NGT at Bhopal, comprising of judicial member Dalip Singh and expert member Satyawan Singh Garbyal, gave the order on a petition filed by Geelaram.
The NGT, based on photos of mining area submitted by the petitioner, assumed that in some of mining lease areas, there was virtually no green belt.
Mining leases as well as the environment clearance required that one third of the mining lease area shall be kept as a green belt by carrying out extensive plantations.
The NGT bench said: “We would direct that the state pollution control board, the mining department as well as the forest department shall carry out a study through satellite images to ascertain whether one third of the area of the total mining lease in the state is in fact covered by green, apart from the reserved and protected forests as well as the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks.”