Punjab and Haryana High Court
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A petition has been filed in the Punjab-Haryana High Court against the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority’s (SEIAA) ban on desilting at 32 places in Punjab. The Punjab government cited the stalled project in the petition because of the ban on mining. The High Court said that the matter is sub judice before the Chief Justice and he will hear it.
Sahaj Preet Singh of Amritsar filed a PIL in the High Court stating that the SEIAA had issued a show cause notice to the Punjab government on February 17 and issued an order to ban mining in the name of desilting without the district survey report. On April 26, the Punjab government had assured SEIAA that the district survey report would be submitted within six months. In such a situation, they should be allowed to mine. SEIAA had given four months time to the government on this.
On September 28, SEIAA banned all mining. On October 2, when the government again requested, the SEIAA accepted the government’s request on October 7 and granted permission for mining, suspending its order till December 11. When the petitioner challenged this order in the High Court, the SEIAA assured the High Court that it was withdrawing its October 7 order. Due to this, mining was banned at 32 places in the name of de-silting. Now the Punjab government, while filing a petition in this matter, demanded the removal of the stay order. The government has said that due to the ban, many government and non-government big projects have stopped in Punjab.