“Don’t force us to take coercive action against you,” the Supreme Court on Friday told the Rajasthan government, which sought time for completing the ground-truthing exercise of illegal mining in Aravalli areas. The exercise is conducted to ascertain the empirical evidence at the actual site.It restrained mining from the Modha Pahad area of Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan and directed the authorities to forthwith stop all the excavations going on.A Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta asked the Rajasthan government to furnish all the relevant details of operational leases for mining and names of persons responsible for the destruction of environment by February 15.“Don’t force us to take any coercive action against you. You have not completed the work as directed by the court. Earlier, you have said that the ground-truthing exercise will be completed within three months. There is lethargy on part of concerned authorities. This work needs to be completed by March 4 otherwise we will pull up the Chief Secretary for sheer contempt,” the Bench told the Rajasthan Chief Secretary who was present in the courtroom.Seeks compliance report The top court is dealing with a matter related to alleged illegal mining activities in the Aravalli range.The court asked senior advocate C.S. Vaidyanathan, appearing for the State government, to file compliance report by March 13 and listed the matter for further hearing on March 21.Mr. Vaidyanathan said that due to Assembly elections recently in the State, the work was not completed and now Lok Sabha polls were also approaching.“We want each and every detail of mining. When were the leases granted and by what time these leases are expiring. Which leases are operational and which are closed,” the Bench said.Mr. Vaidyanathan said 24 leases were granted in the area and out of them five were closed for violation of norms and 13 were operational.‘Illegal activities’ The Bench, after perusing the status report, said that the leases which are operational have also been found to be violating the environmental norms. “Under the guise of mining, illegal activities are taking place and encroachments are made,” it said.
The loss of crops due to floods in the State has been put at ₹125 crore, according to preliminary assessment by the government. Even as the exact extent of the damage will be known only after flood waters have fully receded, senior officials said around 27,468 hectare of agriculture land has been completely destroyed. This could even cross one lakh hectares when the panchnama is complete, senior officials said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday that the total length of road damaged is 484 km, while 2,615 transformers were damaged partially or fully. The destruction to agriculture land will cross over 1.5 lakh hectares, state Minister of Employment Guarantee and Horticulture of Maharashtra, Jaydutt Kshirsagar said on Saturday. Chief Secretary of the state Ajoy Mehta too has confirmed that crops across one lakh hectares could be affected. The State horticulture department has said they are drawing up the estimates with the help of satellite images, and the panchnama has been started with the help of Department of Revenue and Agriculture. “We expect major damage of agriculture crop to spread across 11 districts, while the centre of the destruction is Kolhapur where 30% of this damaged crop is located,” said an official of the Department of Revenue and Agriculture.Mr. Fadnavis said the government will not only compensate damaged crops but also help in removing silt from the farms, and provide assistance of ₹13,000 per hectare to the farmers. The work will be assisted by many organisations like Art of Living, Siddhivinayak temple, and Pandharpur temple, who have promised to come forward to help, he said.
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