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The Supreme Court has banned the quarrying of limestone using explosives within a five-km radius of the walls of Rajasthan’s Mauryan-era Chittorgarh Fort complex, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. Justices Sanjiv Khanna and SV Bhatti disagreed with the report of the court-appointed CSIR-CBRI, Roorkee, which suggested a safe minimum distance for blasting operations from Chittorgarh Fort.
Instead, the bench directed a fresh inquiry. The High Court observed that the use of existing minerals in the surrounding area by the lessees of the state government, especially through unscientific or improper mining activities, threatens the structure of the Chittorgarh Fort. The bench observed that the matter was undoubtedly of grave concern.
CSIR-CBRI report not consistent with ministry’s data High Court observed that the report of CSIR-CBRI, Roorkee dated September 30, 2014 is not consistent with the report of Ministry of Coal and Mines, Indian Bureau of Mines, Mining Research Center . .
The court directed the chairman of the Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) to constitute a multidisciplinary team of experts in civil engineering, earthquake engineering, structural geology and mining engineering within two weeks.