Sunday, October 31, 2010

51 mines in 5-km periphery of Barda sanctuary reveals RTI

Two months after RTI and wildlife activist Amit Jethava was murdered for trying to expose illegal mining within the periphery of the Gir sanctuary by limestone mafias, an RTI application has revealed similar mines functioning with impunity within five km of the periphery of Barda Wildlife Sanctuary in Porbandar district. Bhanu Odedara, an RTI activist based in Porbandar, recently filed an RTI application with the department of Geology and Mining, Porbandar district, which has revealed that more than 51 such mines, producing lime stone and chalk, have been functional in the non-forest area of the sanctuary. "As per the Wildlife Protection Act (1972), before giving permission for mining or any industrial activity within 5 km of non-forest area surrounding the sanctuary, the mine operator requires a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the concerned forest department. The department has not given this certificate to any of the miners," Odedara said. The application has revealed that these mines are operated mainly in Adityana, Digvijaygadh, Aniyari, Bhod, Ranavav, Bordi, Godhana among other villages.

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