SC stays a high court order banning mining in the Ganga much to the relief of Uttarakhand govt
The Supreme Court on Friday stayed a controversial HC order banning mining in the Ganga.Updated: May 05, 2017 23:33 IST
The Supreme Court on Friday stayed a controversial HC order banning mining in the Ganga, paving the way for the Uttarakhand government to initiate clearing of the riverbed material (RBM) from the holy river to prevent its flooding during the coming monsoon season.
“The apex court has stayed the high court order banning mining in the Ganga. That means we are now legally permitted to clear the river bed material from the holy river”, secretary, mining, Vinay Shanker Pandey told HT.
He clarified that clearing of the riverbed material would “help train the course of Ganga, which is necessary as it helps prevent” flooding of the perennial stream owing to heavy rains in its catchment during the monsoon.
Pandey said the apex court stayed the high court ban order in response to a Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by the Uttarakhand government. “Our main plea in the SLP was that the high court order banning mining was ultra vires as it was passed without quashing the State Mines and Minerals Act”, he said