A complete ban on mining activities in areas of national parks, tiger reserves and wildflife sancturies could be on the anvil if the government agrees to the recommendations of a high-level environment ministry panel.
The panel, chaired by then environment ministry secretary T Chatterjee, has recommended that thick forests in such areas should be classified as ”inviolate”.
”Mining blocks shall be considered inviolate if majority of grids falling within a block have been labelled as inviolate,” according to the report of the committee to Formulate Objective Parameters for Identification of Inviolate Forest Areas.
The forest grids have to be determined based on their biological richness, thickness, landscape integrity and hydrological and wildlife values, said the report placed in public domain by the ministry on Friday.
The panel submitted the report in July last, the ministry chose to make it public at a time when there is lot of discussion in the country on the issue of diversion of forest areas for mining and infrastructure projects.