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Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
20-December-2011 15:47 IST
Conservation of Barren Land
Exploitation of minerals does adversely affect quality of land. However, to minimize adverse impacts of mining on quality of land, approval accorded by the Ministry of Environment & Forests under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 stipulates appropriate safeguards to mitigate impact of mining including its adverse impacts on land quality.

Comprehensive study to assess the area of land which has become barren due to mining has not been undertaken by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. However, to obtain the environment clearance the projects including mining projects, covered in the Schedule to the EIA Notification 2006 under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, the concerned project proponents are required to undertake Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study to assess its impact on environment, including on the quality of land. Approvals accorded under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 for the mining projects stipulate that the mining shall be undertaken as per the mining plan, duly approved by the concerned competent authority, containing provisions for reclamation and rehabilitation of the mined over area.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (independent charge) Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan in a written reply to a question by Shrimati Smriti Zubin Irani in Rajya Sabha today.