Seventy mines to be closed near Junagadh
Briefly Translated from Gujarati
Recently Girnar forest having 192 km2 is declared as Wildlife sanctuary in a move to protect Asiatic Lions. As per Supreme Court directions mining activity is not allowed within 5 kms of any WLS. Hence Dept. of Mines & Minerals have started issuing notice for closure of mines on Bilkha road.
Mine owners say that if they have NOC of forest Dept they can do the mining. Also they say that wild animals are not coming near mines and that mines are located after Visawadar Road & Railway track. Thus mines should be allowed.
There are about 70 mines in Plaswa, Vijapur, Dungarpur, Toraniya and Padariya village near Junagadh. It produces about 200 truck loads of lime stones with a daily turn-over of 10 Lac Rupees. It employs over 5000 labours.
District Geologist officer Shree Mulle said that those mine owners who bring NOC from forest office will be allowed to do mining.