Mining: Central panel urged to present key facts to SC

Samaj Parivartana Samudaya has written to the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) urging it to present the key facts to the Supreme Court regarding safeguarding the historic Parvathi-Karthikeya (Kumaraswamy temple) and the rich biodiversity in Swamy Malai forest in Sandur taluk of Ballari district from adverse effects of mining in their vicinity. Releasing a copy of the letter at a press conference here recently, SPS founder-president S.R. Hiremath said these areas are facing threat as the government has permitted carrying out mining in their vicinity ignoring their historical and environmental importance.

Mining in these areas would cause irreversible damage to both the temple and nature, he said. In the letter, Mr. Hiremath highlighted the July 1, 2013 order of the apex court, which had ordered ban on mining within a 1-km radius of the Jambunatheshwar temple on the outskirts of Hosapete town.

“The protection and preservation of the accident monuments has to be necessarily kept in mind while carrying out development activities. The need for ensuring protection and preservation of ancient monuments for the benefit of future generations has to be balanced with the benefit, which may accrue from mining and other development related activities,” the orders states, and instructs the Union government to appoint an expert committee to examine the impact of mining on the protected monuments, he said.

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