No mining from tomorrow in Haryana

Chandigarh, February 27 , THE TRIBUNE CHANDIGARH

Beginning March 1, mining activity is all set to come to a grinding halt in Haryana courtesy environment concerns.

With the framing of rules for securing environmental clearance for mines still pending, mining activity will have to be closed down in view of the expiry of the window period for framing of such rules to carry on mining given to Haryana by a High Court order beyond February 28. Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Mines, Yudhvir Singh Malik said, “We will be sending an advisory to our mining officers in the field to ensure that no mining takes place after tomorrow till the time the case of environmental clearance is decided.”

The Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF), in September 2006, issued a note stating that environmental clearance for all projects would be mandatory and applied it to mining as well. However, since the MoEF’s preceding notification (1994) exempted mining of minor minerals (essentially construction material), Haryana went ahead with it awarding its mines on lease, maintaining that it was up to the successful bidder to get environmental clearance.

However, this was challenged in the High Court where it was stated that this notification was not applicable to mining of minor minerals. The High Court, in its order in May 2009, ruled that environmental clearance was mandatory for minor minerals as well. Giving time to Haryana till February 28, 2010, the court said the state should prepare its terms of reference and submit it to the expert appraisal committee for framing rules under the environment impact assessment report.

Mining in Haryana

Mining in Haryana

The government of Haryana prepared the same and submitted these to the committee, which in turn, said it did not have the mandate to prepare the rules under the EIA. Subsequently, the committee went into a review of the order as did Haryana. The department added that it was willing to frame rules if the need so arises but would require time and sought an extension of deadline. Meanwhile, a special leave petition was filed in the Supreme Court challenging the time allocated to Haryana by the High Court for framing of rules for environmental clearance. This SLP will be taken up for hearing on March 19 after which the fate of the mines in the state will be known. The High Court has already expressed its inability to pass any order in the matter since the hearing on the SLP is slated for March 19.

This means that none of the mines, given on contract or lease, can function for the time being. A majority of the mines in Haryana are auctioned for minor minerals. While those in Panchkula and Yamunanagar have been auctioned for boulders, gravel and sand, those in Ambala, Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat and Faridabad have been given for river sand along the Yamuna while the mines in Rewari have been auctioned for sandstone. A few mines are operational in Dadri as well.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20100228/haryana.htm#2

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21 Comments

  1. Col Prem Sangw

    Govt must huuray up to decide the matter as it pertains to development Vs environment. Furthere, if mining is not harming Farming ,how it can harn trees/forest which r grown ups. Total dispute will harm Development n pockets of builders who will recover from whom ?

  2. Col Prem Sangwan

    Govt must huuray up to decide the matter as it pertains to development Vs environment. Furthere, if mining is not harming Farming ,how it can harn trees/forest which r grown ups. Total dispute will harm Development n pockets of builders who will recover from whom ?

    Col Prem Sangwan

    March 18, 2010 at 6:56 am
    Reply

  3. ABHISHEK

    govenment must decide as early as possible plz…..cz of no minning in fbd many workers r sitting idle nd builers also..PLZ TRY 2 UNDERSTAND AND TAKE DECISION AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

    • suraj mohan

      nothing can be done as CM bhupinder singh hooda is not doing any efforts to start mining in haryana…he says that his family friends in rajasthan are in profit if mining is banned in haryana

  4. ankit

    plz open mines in haryana cz of ban in mining area,people r not material..material is too costly so people r facing problem in construction work..all d construction hs been stopped cz material is too costly..plz tke decision as soon as possible..v wl wl thnkful if u open mines

  5. RAJESH KUMAR

    GOVERNMENT PLS DECIDE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BCOZ ALL THE CRUSHERS OWNERS (IN KHANAK TOSHAM DISS BHIWANI, THERE R 350 ABOVE CRUSHERS IN KHANAK,) THER LABOR( ABT 20000 LABOURS WORKING THERE), TRUCK OWNERS(ABOUT 10000 TRUCKS ,DUMPHERS) POLELANES , JCB, ETC ARE GETTING IDLE, THEY HAVE NO EARINGS AT ALL,.
    PLS TAKE DECIISION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

  6. kedar

    if there is no mining in haryana then why material is available in the market is there any bridge between contractors and the govt or we can say rali mili sarkar all is happen all the crushers r running in pkl zone

  7. BIKRAM SINGH

    HI I KNOW ABOUT THE STAY IN MINENG IN HARYANA SAID SUPREM COURT OF INDIA DECISION WHAT IS THE LATEST REPORT

  8. R/Sir

    Can u plz tell me when will start mining work in Khanak, Bhiwani Haryana, b’coz of it a lacs of workers / villagers are unemployed.

    thanks,

  9. PUNEET SINGHAL

    R/Sir

    Can u plz tell me when will start mining work in Khanak, Bhiwani Haryana, b’coz of it a lacs of workers / villagers are unemployed.

    thanks

  10. AMIT SINGHAL

    R/Sir

    Can u plz tell me the latest decision about the khanak mining matter.

    thanks

  11. AJAY SHARMA

    Respected Sir,

    I am Ajay Sharma V.P.O. Khetpurali Distt Panchkula is request for you please do not open khanan in panchkula Distt. Because we have very trouble form them. All ways from village to city are closed.

  12. SANDEEP KAPOOR

    Sir,
    what is the latest status for mining in the burj kotia or rattewalli area for minor minerals and boulders as it is affecting the ongoing construction and road works in the area of chandigarh for which this zone has been approved for raw material.

  13. surender duhan

    PLZ TELL ME WHEN DID KHANAK STARTS BECAUSE ONE LACS OF WORKERS ARE EMPTY.
    BECAUSE THERE IS NO ANOTHER WORK FOR THEM.KHANAK MARKET IS ALSO SEALED.
    THE MATERIAL IS SO EXPENSIVE.
    SO TAKE DECISION AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

  14. MONU DUHAN

    Government plz decide for the mining works in khanak as early as possible.B,coz many workers and constructers are sitting idle.So government has take decision as early as possible.

  15. SURENDER DUHAN

    GOVERNMENT PLS DECIDE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BCOZ CRUSHERS OWNERS (IN KHANAK TOSHAM DISS BHIWANI, THERE R 350 ABOVE CRUSHERS IN KHANAK,) THER LABOR( ABT 20000 LABOURS WORKING THERE), TRUCK OWNERS(ABOUT 10000 TRUCKS ,DUMPHERS) POLELANES , JCB, ETC ARE GETTING IDLE, THEY HAVE NO EARINGS AT ALL,.
    PLS TAKE DECIISION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

  16. sandeep mehta

    i think it is a good idea to stop mining altogether, atleat in a 5 km radius of delhi border.
    but that will solve only half of the issue, cause we know then the happazard development will creep, i personally feel the govt should allow pvt parties to make the whole area green(maybe allow very little coverd area to be built per acre, 2-3%) i am sure this will allow sustainable development and will restore/rehabilitate the whole area. i think there is no other way.

  17. arun kumar

    mining should not be stopped as a large no. of people are unemployed……mining in haryana is stopped by the CM of haryana bhupinder singh hooda as he says that my family friends in rajashtan are in profit if mining is stopped in haryana…..

  18. arun kumar

    CM of haryana is very weak as he says that he is not getting any money out of mining…people should protest against the CM…if CM wants he can start mining within one day……some of the members of stone crusher association had went to meet CM to discuss about their problems but HOODA said “YOUR CASE IS IN THE COURT WHAT ARE U DOING HERE”…

  19. parleen gill

    mining is stopped by CM BHUPINDER SINGH HOODA as he says that his family friends in rajasthan are getting profit if mining is stopped in haryana

  20. suraj mohan

    CM bhupinder singh hooda should allow mining in haryana as lakhs of people are unemployed…and raw material is also very costly now a days

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