In response to escalating concerns about the environmental impact of mining activities in the Aravali Hills, the Supreme Court has taken a proactive stance by instructing the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to conduct a comprehensive examination of the matter. The Aravali range, known for its unique biodiversity and fragile ecosystems, has become a focal point of contention as mining operations continue to expand.
Several environmental activists and concerned citizens had filed petitions highlighting the adverse effects of mining on the Aravali region, citing deforestation, habitat destruction, and potential threats to water sources. The Supreme Court, acknowledging the urgency and gravity of the situation, has tasked the CEC with evaluating the environmental, ecological, and socio-economic repercussions of mining in the Aravali Hills.
The CEC, a statutory body that advises the court on environmental issues, will now collaborate with relevant stakeholders, environmental experts, and government authorities to compile a comprehensive report. This report will include recommendations and potential regulatory measures to mitigate the environmental impact and ensure sustainable practices in the region.
The decision reflects the judiciary’s commitment to balancing economic development with environmental preservation. As the CEC commences its investigation, stakeholders are hopeful that this initiative will pave the way for informed and judicious decision-making, addressing the concerns of both environmentalists and industries involved in mining operations in the Aravali Hills. The outcome of this examination is anticipated to have far-reaching implications for the conservation of ecologically sensitive areas across the country.