Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding illegal mining at Dadam Hills, Tosham, district Bhiwani, Haryana, 18/01/2022

  • 18/01/2022

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Kuldeep Singh Vs State of Haryana & Others dated 18/01/2022. Grievance in the application is against illegal mining in forest area by M/s Govardhan Mines and Minerals, Hisar at Dadam Hills, Tosham, district Bhiwani and also unscientific mining outside the forest area in violation of EC conditions. It is stated that there are FIRs, complaints and letters pointing out such illegalities but no remedial action is taken.

The last order passed by the NGT on the matter was July 20, 2021, wherein while issuing notice to the project proponent (PP), the Tribunal constituted an eight-member joint Committee headed by Justice Pritam Pal, former Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court to ascertain facts and also sought a report from the Chief Secretary, Haryana in the light of report to be submitted by the said Committee.

The interim report by the committee, October 13, 2021 found that illegal mining was done in the Aravali plantation area. The committee also found damage to the Dadam distributary and illegal mining where depth of the mining pit had gone down to 200-250 ft.

The NGT noted that mining even beyond a depth of 150 mtrs was taking place and directed the joint committee to give its final report by March 31, 2022. The matter has been listed for further consideration, April 5, 2022.