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Supreme Court’s ban on gravel mining to continue in Rajasthan

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down the state government’s request to relax the ban. The matter will now come up for hearing six weeks later, according to preliminary reports.

Staff Writer | January 8, 2018 | Last Updated:
January 8, 2018 12:54 pm
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Mining in Rajasthan (file photo).

Jaipur: The ongoing ban on gravel mining in Rajasthan will continue for at least six weeks. The Supreme Court on Monday turned down the state government’s request to relax the ban. The matter will now come up for hearing six weeks later, according to preliminary reports.

The ban has brought the construction industry to a grinding halt in the state due to unavailability of gravel since the apex court imposed the ban on its mining across the state since the leaseholders have failed to obtain environment clearance from the central government.

The daily wagers are the worst affected as they are unable to find work.

Gravel being sold in the black market is so expensive that the home construction cost has gone up manifold.

The Supreme Court imposed the ban in the third week of November. The petitioner NGO during this hearing stated that the leaseholders have not received environmental clearance to date and yet the gravel mining has been going on. The court expressed displeasure and stated that it has been four years yet these firms have not acquired the clearance from the environment ministry.