Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding the revoking of EC granted to Bahirubaba mines, tehsil Kotputali, district Jaipur, Rajasthan, 01/02/2023
Order of the National Green Tribunal (Central Zone Bench, Bhopal) in the matter of M/s Bahirubaba Mines Vs Rajasthan, SEIAA & Others.
Rajasthan State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) in its order, July 15, 2022 had revoked the EC in favour of the Bahirubaba mines, tehsil Kotputali, district Jaipur, Rajasthan. The EC was revoked as the lease area of the mine was only 28 metre from the forest area. The decision of SEIAA was upheld by the NGT in its order, December 13, 2021 (Appeal No. 20/2021 Premaram Vs SEIAA). "SEIAA since then has been following this consistently and has not given EC in those cases where distance from forest area is less than 50m," read the Rajasthan State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) order, July 15, 2022.
The NGT said that SEIAA has taken a decision not to grant EC for mining within the periphery of 50 meters of forest area in the interest of forest conservation and that has been upheld by the NGT also in (Appeal No. 20/2021) vide order December 13, 2021. The tribunal refused to interfere in the SEIAA order and disposed of the case.