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, 2009
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Ban mining, raze ‘illegal’ houses in Aravalli range, says SC panel

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Source: The Indian Express, New Delhi, Date: , 2009

The Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) has stated in its additional report filed last week that it will treat the entire Aravalli range area as a prohibited zone for mining, barring specific locations, to ensure their environmental sustainability. Underlining that with duecoordination with the state government, it also wished to seek permission for preparing plans for state-controlled mining inexempt areas. In its brief yet crucial report the committee, set up to look into environmentally sensitive matters, has also sought demolitions of certain colonies, farmhouses, banquet halls and other buildings. Identified as illegal constructions, these buildings are in areas such as Kant Enclave, Karmyogi Shelter Private Limited and Lake Wood View, among others. The CEC also made a case for a direction to be issued towards closing down or revoking all leases of existing mining leases.