By- Krishna Das
The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday earmark 200 metre as the minimum distance to be maintained between stone quarries and residential or public structures all across the country. As the bench which was headed by the NGT Chairperson named justice Adarsh Kumar Goel stated that there should be minimum 100 metre of distance shall be maintained and at the time of blasts in the quarrels, no residential/public buildings shall be involved.
The order was taken into the consideration, when the complaint was filed by the Central Pollution Control Board stating that according to the regulations, the area for danger zone in the radius of 500M which was set by the Directorate General of Mines Safety which was compiled mandotarily to maintained the necessary measures which can help to minimise the impact on environment. And if this happens, the state have a criteria for the Minor Mineral Mining which shall be applicable.
The tribunal department has also directed the CPCB to keep a watch that the said criteria is followed or not throughout the country. The NGT was also alleged and hearing a plea that was filed by the Kerala resident Usha for the illegal quarrelling and mining at the Vazhappara Nanniyode Panchayath, Kurupuzha.
The green panel has objected that the distance of 50 meters is totally inadequate because at the time of blasts in the stone quarry, there are very high chances of involving the nearby residencies or public buildings which can create a deleterious effect in the environment and public health too.
Further on the CPCB has directed the State boards to lay down the stringent conditions and compiling the NGT orders, the CPCB has examined the matter before permitting the permissions for the state pollution control boards.
Then the CPCB has passed an order stating that there should be minimum 100 meters of distance shall be maintained so that at the time of blasts, the nearby residencies, public buildings, inhabited areas, preserved monuments, public roads, railway tracks, bridges, dams, reservoirs, rivers/lakes or any other kind of locations which shall be considered by the states. And if 200 meters of distance is possible to maintain or follow, that would be best from the security point of view.NGT earmark 200 m as min distance b/w stonequarrie-residential structure