UNLICENSED QUARRYING COMES UNDER HC FIRE The Mumbai high court has stepped in to stem the largescale illegal quarrying and resultant environmental and ecological damage in Thane district and in Navi Mumbai. The HC recently directed that quarrying by any unlicensed operator at nine locations be stopped immediately till further orders. A PIL stated that according to the Thane collectorate, there was no quarrying lease granted for nine sites and yet hills were being razed illegally. The HC ordered government officials to ensure that its direction was

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