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Quarrying mafia has political backing?

D S Kunwar, TNN, Jun 17, 2010

DEHRADUN: Rampant quarrying along rivers — in wilful violation of Supreme Court directives in 2009 — is threatening Uttarakhand’s fragile ecosystem. After the SC directive, the Union environment ministry had set conditions for all states before quarrying along riversides, which included permission for doing so from the ministry. The Uttarakhand government sought permission in June 2009 from the environment ministry, was denied, and so took the issue to the SC. The SC referred the matter to the Uttarakhand HC, which is yet to pronounce a judgement but has imposed a stay on all quarrying. [more]