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S U P R E M E C O U R T O F I N D I A
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
Writ Petition(s)(Civil) No(s). 114/2014
COMMON CAUSE …Petitioner(s)
VERSUS
UNION OF INDIA & ORS. …Respondent(s)
WITH

(1) I.A. NO.30915/2019 AND 153946/2019(APPLNS. FOR DIRECTIONS AND SEEKING LEAVE TO PLACE ON RECORD ADDL. DOCUMENTS ON B/O MIDEAST INTEGRATED STEELS LTD.)

(2) I.A. NO.186810/2019 (APPLICATION FOR DIRECTIONS) ON BEHALF OF M/S SARDA MINES PRIVATE LIMITED

(3) I.A. NO.157635/2019 (APPLICATION FOR DIRECTIONS) ON BEHALF OF ORISSA MINING CORPORATION LIMITED

“ONLY” IN W.P.(C) NO. 114/2014 ARE LISTED TODAY.

THE NAMES OF THE FOLLOWING ADVOCATES MAY BE TREATED TO HAVE BEEN SHOWN IN THE LIST:MR. HARISH N. SALVE, SR. ADVOCATE (A.C.) MS. APARAJITA SINGH, SR. ADVOCATE (A.C.) MR. A.D.N. RAO, ADVOCATE (A.C.) MR. SIDDHARTHA CHOWDHURY, ADVOCATE (A.C.)MR. PRASHANT BHUSHAN MR. B.K. PRASADMR. GURMEET SINGH MAKKER MS. KIRTI R. MISHRAMR. MR. L.R. SINGH, ADVOCATES. )

Date : 08-01-2020 These matters were called on for hearing today.

CORAM :
HON’BLE THE CHIEF JUSTICE
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE B.R. GAVAI
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE SURYA KANT

Counsel for the parties
Mr. Harish N. Salve, Sr. Adv. (A.C.) (N.P.)
Ms. Aparajita Singh, Sr. Adv. (A.C.)
Mr. ADN Rao, Adv. (A.C.)
Mr. Siddhartha Chowdhury, Adv. (A.C.)
Mr. Prashant Bhushan, AOR
Mr. Pranav Sachedeva, Adv.
Mr. Hemanth Pothula, Adv.
Mr. B.K. Prasad, AOR
Ms. Pinky Anand, ASG
Ms. V. Mohna, Sr. Adv.
Mr. Atulesh Kumar, Adv.
Mr. Raj Bahadur, Adv.
Mr. R.R. Rajesh, Adv.
Mr. D.V. Rao, Adv.
Mr. Tarkeshwar Nath, Adv.
Ms. Saudimini Sharma, Adv.
Mr. Hemand Arya, Adv.
Mr. Mukesh Kumar Maroria, AOR
Mr. Atmaram N.S. Nadkarni, ASG
Ms. Chinmayee Chandra, Adv.
Mr. S.S. Rebello, Adv.
Ms. Arzu Paul, Adv.
Mr./Ms. Neeleshwar Pavani, Adv.
Ms. Riya Soni, Adv.
Ms. Shivikka Agrawal, Adv.
Mr. Gurmeet Singh Makker, AOR
Ms. Kirti R. Mishra, AOR
Ms. Apurva Upmanya, Adv.
Mr. Vikas Singh, Sr. Adv.
Mr. L.R. Singh, AOR
Mr. Satwik Misra, Adv.
Ms. Udita Singh, Adv.
Ms. Deepeika Kalia, Adv.
Ms. Shweta Priya, Adv.
Mr. Vivek Singh, Adv.
Mr. Mahesh Jethmalani, Sr. Adv.
Mr. Parag Tripathi, Sr. Adv.
Mr. Gopal Jain, Sr. Adv.
Mr. Navin Kumar, AOR
Mr. Manish Kharbanda, Adv.
Mr. Saurabh Ajay Gupta, Adv.
Ms. Natasha Sehrawat, Adv.
Mr. Pranav Sood, Adv.
Ms. Priya Singh, Adv.
Mr. Karanveer Singh, Adv.
Ms. Nikita Mehta, Adv.
Mr. Vineet Kumar, Adv.
Mr. Raj Kumar Mehta, AOR
Ms. Himanshi Andley, Adv.
UPON hearing the counsel the Court made the following

O R D E R

In the course of hearing, this Court on 16.01.2019 passed an order taking cognizance of the deleterious effect of mining on vegetation, after mining activities are over. In particular, it is observed that an area which is mined results in a complete elimination of grass which in turn denies fodder to the herbivores. The only solution can be re-grassing of such mined areas. It is not in dispute that re-grassing technology is available in this country.

We see no reason why the area which has been mined should not be restored so that grass and other vegetations including trees can grow in the mining area for the benefits of animals.

We are of the view that this can be achieved by directing the Union of India to impose a condition in the mining lease and a similar condition in the environmental clearance and the mining plan to the effect that the mining lease holders shall, after ceasing mining operations, undertake re-grassing the mining area and any other area which may have been disturbed due to their mining activities and restore the land to a condition which is fit for growth of fodder, flora, fauna etc.

The Union of India may devise appropriate methods for ensuring compliance of this condition after the mining activity is over at the cost of the mining lease holders. This condition shall be in addition to those conditions which have already been imposed for achieving the same purpose under the mine closure plan. This condition shall not be imposed in derogation of any conditions which are already in force.

Order accordingly.

The Union of India will report the action taken within a period of three weeks from today.

List the matter thereafter.

I.A. NOS.30915/2019 AND 153946/2019 (APPLNS. FOR DIRECTIONS AND SEEKING LEAVE TO PLACE ON RECORD ADDL. DOCUMENTS ON B/O MIDEAST INTEGRATED STEELS LTD.

Arguments concluded.

Orders reserved.

I.A. NO.186810/2019 (APPLICATION FOR DIRECTIONS) ON BEHALF OF M/S SARDA MINES PRIVATE LIMITED

Arguments concluded.

Orders reserved.

I.A. NO.157635/2019 (APPLICATION FOR DIRECTIONS) ON BEHALF OF ORISSA MINING CORPORATION LIMITED

Issue notice returnable after two weeks.

In the meantime, the respondent(s) may file their respective reply affidavits, if any.

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COURT MASTER (SH)

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