Order of the Supreme Court of India regarding illegal stone mining in Braj region, 27/03/2018
Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Neelambar Baba & Others Vs Union of India & Others dated 27/03/2018 regarding stoppage of illegal stone mining, crushing and blasting activities in illegal manner and for the preservation and protection of the Braj region, forests, hills and its wildlife in the above said region and also to restore the Braj region for its cultural and historical importance as an eco-tourism destination.
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEF) has filed two affidavits which contain the interim report as well as the final report. The final report states that all the 15 stone crushers under reference are in abandoned state and no machinery or equipment are in place on the land of the stone crushers. 202 numbers of stone quarries which were leased and were in operation on revenue land in the Deeg and Kannan Tehsils in Bharatpur District of Rajasthan have been closed and the entire land has been handed over to Forest Department of Rajasthan. The degraded land is being rehabilitated in phased manner through afforestation and soil and moisture conservation works by the Forest Department of Rajasthan.