Order of the Supreme Court in the matter of mining in Aravalli hills and ranges, 10/01/2024

  • 10/01/2024

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of In Re: T N Godavarman Thirumulpad Vs Union of India & Others dated 10/01/2024.

Counsel appearing for the state of Rajasthan submitted that the issue as to whether the classification between Aravali Hills and Aravali Ranges, in so far as the mining activities are concerned needs to be
finally decided by the Supreme Court.

The SC asked the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to examine the issue as to whether the classification of Aravalli Hills and Ranges in so far as permitting mining is concerned, needs to be continued or not.

The court also recommended that CEC take on board the experts in geology before finalizing its report. The SC also said that if the state is of the view that the mining activities in the Aravali Range is also deterimental to the environmental interest, "nothing stops the State Government from preventing mining activities in the Aravalli Range as well".