SC directs Rajasthan to stop illegal mining in Aravalli hills within 48 hours

The Supreme Court on October 23 directed the Rajasthan Government to stop illegal mining in a 115.34-hectare area in Aravalli hills within 48 hours.

An SC bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Madan B Lokur said it was compelled to pass the order because Rajasthan has taken the issue “very lightly.”

The Supreme Court also referred to a central empowered committee report that 31 hills or hillocks have vanished in the state’s Aravalli area.

Apex court also said that the disappearance of hills in Rajasthan could be one reason for the rise in pollution levels in Delhi.

Apex court bench also directed the chief secretary of Rajasthan to file an affidavit regarding compliance of its order.

The SC was hearing a matter related to illegal mining activities in Aravalli hills.