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Supreme Court Of India Issues Notices In the Braj Mining Case

by Raghav Mittal

Posted January 9, 2006

On Wednesday, January 4, 2006, a major breakthrough came in the ongoing efforts of Braj Rakshak Dal to protect the heritage hills of Braj when the Supreme Court of India issued notices to Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, the Archaeological Survey of India and the federal government of India after hearing a petition demanding complete ban on mining and stone crushing activities in the Braj region.

The ruling, issued by Chief Justice Y.K. Sabharwal, Justice C.K. Thakker and Justice R.V. Raveendran, demanded a response to the public interest litigation filed by Sri Neelambar Baba of Maan Mandir Barsana, Mathura; Sri Raju Sharma of Kaman, Bharatpur; and Sri Yogesh Kumar of Vrindavan, Mathura.

A detailed Inspection Report on the mining activities in Braj had unequivocally recommended the banning of all kinds of mining and stone crushing activities in the entire Braj region. Taking action on this report, the Central Pollution Control Board had sent notices to the Chief Secretaries of the states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana demanding compliance with the recommendations.

The Brj Rakshak Dal was founded in 2001 to promote conservation of the rich natural surroundings of Braj, including sacred kundas, ponds, forests, hills and ghats of the Yamuna River, all of which are threatened by illegal commercial exploitation. The Braj region is also home to several endangered species and surrounds Keoladev National Park and the Sariska Tiger Reserve.

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