8,000 mines face closure for not getting green clearance
More than 8,000 sand stone mines operating in Jodhpur district will be closed down with immediate effect as the National Green Tribunal on Wednesday refused to grant further extension to the mine owners for getting environment clearance.Updated: May 05, 2016 22:21 IST
More than 8,000 sand stone mines operating in Jodhpur district will be closed down with immediate effect as the National Green Tribunal on Wednesday refused to grant further extension to the mine owners for getting environment clearance.
A bench headed by NGT chairperson justice Swatanter Kumar also directed the district level authorities and District Environment Impact Assessment Authority (DEIAA) to dispose of the applications pending with them by May, 31.
“We will not grant any extension of time for this purpose hereafter,” the bench said.
“Mine owners who have not submitted the applications for environmental clearance as on March, 31 to State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) and DEIAA, shall be shut down forthwith and will not be permitted to carry on any mining activity in any manner whatsoever,” the bench further said.
Official said that following the NGT directive, more than 8,000 mines operating in Jodhpur district are facing closure as the mine owners have not yet applied for environmental clearances from the authorities.
The green panel’s direction came while hearing an application of the state government seeking extension of time for getting environment clearance.
In January 2015, the green tribunal asked the existing mining lease holders to obtain environmental clearance from the state and district assessment authorities and given three months to apply.
The state and district assessment authorities were directed to dispose the applications within six months. The NGT extended the application period by another six months, the deadline for which ended in January this year.