New Delhi: Illegal mining activities are
continuing in reserve forests across the country, the
government on Wednesday said.
Few incidents of illegal mining in reserved forests,
including in the forest land in Chitmang Gangrot Aking and
Halwa Atong Aking adjoining Balpakram National Park, have been
brought to notice of the government, Environment Minister
Jairam Ramesh informed the Lok Sabha.
The states have been requested to submit reports on
incidents of illegal mining in the reserved forests during the
last three years and the current year. The reports are yet to
The Ministry of Environment and Forests is yet to take
any decision on conducting a survey to ascertain impact of
illegal mining on environment, wildlife and forests, he said
in a written reply.
To another question, Ramesh said the government is
processing 41 proposals relating to construction of roads,
hydel projects, transmission lines, schools and mining
involving diversion of forest land in nine hilly states.
Three of these proposals pertain to Pradhan Mantri
Gram Sadak Yojna.