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SC asks Assam DGP to enforce mining ban

GUWAHATI: Supreme Court has requested the Assam director general of police to make certain that no mining task takes position in catchment areas of streams and rivers originating in Karbi Anglong hills and flowing to the adjoining Kaziranga National Park, a global heritage site.

The apex court docket had on Friday ordered a ban on mining alongside the southern fringes of Kaziranga's boundary and all of the catchment house of rivers and streams originating in Karbi Anglong. It also requested the state executive not to allow construction, even on private lands, which are a part of the 9 recognized animal corridors.

In its order, the SC has ordered that superintendents of police of Karbi Anglong, Nagaon and Golaghat districts to make certain that illegally-mined fabrics from the hills of Karbi Anglong don't seem to be transported. Kaziranga spans across these 3 districts.

The apex court docket had passed the judgment after taking cognizance of Central Empowered Committee's (CEC) file number 6 of 2019. The file is in accordance with a complaint filed by Bokakhat-based surroundings activist Rohit Choudhury, alleging of rampant illegal mining actions. Subsequently, the CEC, earlier than submitting the file, carried out field visits in 2018. "This judgment may decide the future course of conservation in Kaziranga. This much awaited judgment was delivered after the state authorities, Assam forest department and Karbi Anglong authorities continued to be indifferent to the plight to wildlife and ecology of Kaziranga. Mining activities and encroachment of crucial wildlife corridors were continuing unabated," Choudhury said.

Meanwhile, the state executive has sought 3 weeks' for submitting its feedback over the CEC file. A realize has also been issued to division of surroundings and forests, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council on this regard.

Last year, in accordance with the complaint filed by Choudhary, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), after making field visits to the adjoining house of Kaziranga, had really useful a ban on a wide variety of mining actions in Kaziranga.

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