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In the first week of March this year, the Haryana government has appealed to the Supreme Court to restart mining in the Aravallis. Legalising mining threatens the existence of these historic and environmentally vital hill ranges. Aravalli Bachao Citizens Movement is running an email campaign addressed to the Supreme Court wherein citizens across India are writing to the Chief Justice of India expressing their objections to the move to restart mining by the Haryana government and stating citizens demands for increasing the forest cover of Haryana and protecting the existing forests.
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The Chief Justice of India,
Supreme Court, Delhi.
SUBJECT: No Mining in Aravallis & Increase Haryana’s Forest cover to 20% by 2024
The Hon’ble Chief Justice of India,
Haryana has the lowest forest cover in India, just 3.62%. Aravallis in Haryana have been under huge attack from illegal felling of trees, encroachments, mining and dilution of protective laws such as the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) Amendment Bill. Illegal sand and stone mining has not stopped for a day, even during the lockdown in 2020. Even in Aravalli areas which are not easily accessible, there are tractor trails for vehicles to illegally carry back truckloads of all kinds of stone during the night and early morning. Sand mining is at an all-time high on camel back in places like Bharadwaj Lake. Damage done from illegal mining is clearly visible in the Aravalli belts of Pandala, Damdama, Sehjawas, Ghamroj, Mangar, Asola Bhatti etc.
Haryana government’s move to legalising mining in the Aravallis will lead to severe environmental impacts threatening the survival of millions of people living in the National Capital Region as well as the wildlife that calls these forests home.
Citizens Demands to Protect Aravallis in Haryana: