The existing mines in Madhya Pradesh have found themselves in the spotlight. “Some instances of children drowning in mining pits filled with rain water have been reported. The concerned locals requested for an action to be taken immediately. Following this, the National Green Tribunal has asked the principal secretary and district collectors to carry out an inspection,” explains Vaikundarajan, founder and managing director of VV Minerals India, one of the leading sand beach mining companies in India.
Vaikundarajan further explains that the mining areas lack a safety mechanism to prevent these incidents from happening. Under the environmental clearance, there should be fencing around the area as well as guards patrolling the area.
Another case was filed by Afsar Khan pertaining to sourcing of raw material for crushers for construction of the road between Shahdol-Annuppur. The directions for investigation were given by Justice Dalip Singh as a judicial member and Satyawan Singh Garbyal as expert member. The next date for this hearing has been scheduled for October 20,2016.
“Mining industry should abide to all the environmental clearances. Safety of the employees and the locals should always be the utmost priority,” says Vaikundarajan.