Report on illegal mining in village Garhi, Narnaul tehsil, Mahendergarh district, Haryana, 29/06/2020
Action taken report by the Haryana State Pollution Control Board in compliance to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order of March 6, 2020 in the matter of illegal mining by M/s Haryana Mining Company at Khasra No. 122 Pahar Garhi, village Garhi, Tehsil Narnaul, District Mahendergarh in violation of the Indian Forest Act, 1927, the Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
The area in question was inspected by June 16, 2020 by a joint committee and it was found that the operation of M/s Haryana Mining Company, Garhi was closed and no mining activity was observed at the site. Mining officer, Narnaul has informed that lease of Haryana Mining Company has been terminated on January 10, 2020 due to illegal mining beyond allotted area of the lease and non-deposition of royalty, hence their security which was deposited at the time of obtaining lease agreement i.e. amounting of Rs. 2,47,65,625/- has been forfeited.
The Forest Department also informed that the said lease holder destroyed 597 plants/trees during execution of illegal mining activities in Khasra No. 122, village Garhi on June 18, 2016 and a damage report was issued against the miner and action taken against him in the Special Environment Court, Faridabad. Further, vide order April 22, 2019 the court ordered him to pay a sum of Rs. 1,21,788 as compensation which was paid in court.
The Haryana State Pollution Control Board has issued show cause notices for revocation of consent to operate for non-compliance with the conditions of Consent to Operate under the provisions of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.
Note: The report of June 29, 2020 was uploaded to the NGT site on July 2, 2020