Order of the High Court of Punjab & Haryana regarding mining in Aravali area, District Mahendergarh, Haryana, 26/04/2018

  • 26/04/2018

Order of the High Court of Punjab & Haryana at Chandigarh in the matter of M/s Satish Kumar Garg & Company Vs State of Haryana & Others dated 26/04/2018 regarding mining lease for an area measuring 79.32 hectares in Aravali area, Village Musnota, Tehsil Narnaul, District Mahendergarh for extraction of quartz, feldspar and barites, all major minerals. The petitioner has argued that the area of 79.32 hectares has been subjected to mining since 1977 and is not covered under the Aravali Area or afforestation and had the leased area been included in the list of Aravali Plantation, there would be no question of mining till 2007.

The Court finds no evidence to obstruct the mining rights of the petitioner "by simply classifying it as Aravali Area without even having any authenticated official record to identify it as such". The Court accepts the submission of the mining officer that mining rights (mining in the leased area of 79.32 hectares, governed by the terms of the lease and other necessary essentials) of the petitioner would be made operational if the rent is paid.