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Aravalis ravaged by mining despite ban

  • Aravalis ravaged by mining despite ban
    Summary: GURGAON: The Supreme Court's ban on mining notwithstanding, illegal mining activities have been reported in the Aravalis in the last month and a half, near Raiseena village on Gurgaon's border with Mewat district.TOI visited the area and found the mining mafia is operating in at least two live mines on Raiseena's border with Mewat. The area had dense green cover in 2013, but images taken in 2014 and 2015 show clear destruction of the green cover and signs of mining, which coincide with the emergence of the mining mafia, according to locals. "We focus mainly on Mewat, as there's not much mining in Gurgaon. He continued, "One person was also arrested," adding that four mining inspectors in his team regularly carry out inspections in the area. We immediately reported it to police and two FIRs were lodged," said district mining officer K S Khatkar.

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    GURGAON: The Supreme Court's ban on mining notwithstanding, illegal mining activities have been reported in the Aravalis in the last month and a half, near Raiseena village on Gurgaon's border with Mewat district.TOI visited the area and found the mining mafia is operating in at least two live mines on Raiseena's border with Mewat. Tyre marks of earth movers can be spotted all across the area.Besides, evidence of massive destruction of forest cover is clearly visible on Google Images. The area had dense green cover in 2013, but images taken in 2014 and 2015 show clear destruction of the green cover and signs of mining, which coincide with the emergence of the mining mafia, according to locals.

    Google Images from November 2016 show rapid expansion of the area being mined.Officials accepted that some reports of illegal mining have been recorded in the area and two FIRs were also lodged in the last one and a half months, by Bhondsi police station. "We caught a tractor carrying stone near Raiseena, which claimed to have come from Mewat. We immediately reported it to police and two FIRs were lodged," said district mining officer K S Khatkar.

    Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/aravalis-ravaged-by-mining-despite-ban/articleshow/56487083.cms


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