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MASSIVE QUARRYING ACTIVITIES ALONG PANVEL URAN HIGHWAY VIOLATES SUPREME COURT RULINGS

uran-panvel-querrySeveral quarries, some legal and some illegal, have been operating for last several years, carrying out rock blasting and stone crushing on the hills stretching from Kalwa to Belapur on the Eastern border of Navi Mumbai. Along the Panvel Uran Highway stretch – on either side environment destruction of this kind has been taking place violating Supreme Court orders. Where on one side the events this month, round the globe are being conducted towards protection of environment, the contrary is happening in the city, reports Navi Mumbai News Correspondent Rajeev Mishra. Anyone traveling though the Panvel Uran Highway stretch can see quarries generating thick fog of micro fine stone powder or silica dust. Apart from risks to health, quarries and rock blasting are insensitive actions on part of humans causing irreparable damage to the environment. Once upon a time, these hills were popular for their picturesque beauty and invited picnickers from across cities to come here and relish the beauty of nature. However, today even they have become victims of the quarrying mafia. For selfish benefits of a few, the hills are being cut violating all Supreme Court orders and the work of destruction is being done at so fast a pace, that several of the hills have been flattened to give way to open land being used as container yards. In one of several judgments, the Supreme Court has held that: – a)

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