NEW DELHI: Officially, there may not be any mining in the Aravalis, but environmental activists said such activities are on in Gurgaon, Faridabad and Mewat districts.

The Supreme Court’s direction on Friday to end illegal mining in 15 days comes at a time when the state government has been trying to revoke the ban on mining in Aravalis. “If illegal mining is established despite the earlier SC order, it would be a big setback for the state,” said a former Haryana forest department official.

In recent past, a few of them have even taken up the issue of such illegal activities along villages on the foothills of Aravalis with the forest and mining department and state police.

Locals said the activities usually happen at night and they have spotted a couple of trucks coming out of the villages loaded with stones. “We had documented illegal mining in Tauru in Mewat and had informed the district administration to take immediate action. But they did not do anything for months. Only after the matter reached the state police chief and we threatened to take the matter to Supreme Court, they acted. There is a clear nexus among stone mafia, officials and police,” said SP Gupta of People’s Voice. Read more