Court to decide on mining at Aravali hills in Haryana March 2

February 25th, 2009 - 9:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Feb 25 (IANS) The future of mining at Aravali hills in Faridabad district in Haryana will be decided by Punjab and Haryana High Court here March 2.
The court Wednesday announced that it would listen to the arguments on March 2 and take up the issue of extending the mining lease for another two years at Aravali hills.

A New Delhi based mining company had sought permission from the high court for the extension of their lease at Sirohi and Khori Jamalpur mines for another two years after the expiry of their seven-year lease.

Many environmentalist and local residents of the region are against the extension as they allege that unmindful mining has led to ecological imbalances and dried up of many water bodies of the area.

“The continuous mining in the Aravali hills has caused a drought like situation in the region and led to sharp decline in the water table. Many beautiful lakes and water bodies have dried up and there is no grass left for grazing of animals,” Rohit Ruhella, an environmentalist based here, told IANS Wednesday.

“There were times when famous lakes Badkhal, Damdama and Dhauj were prominent tourist spots but now they have dried up and nobody comes there. Even after the expiry of their lease, mining is still on and government is doing nothing to stop it,” Ruhella alleged.

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