Checks for Safe Mining
Petitioning: State Governments
Petitioner: Petition Voice started on April 3, 2009
For decades now mine lease holders have been violating the licence conditions by digging right up to the water table leading to a massive drop in groundwater levels, causing severe drinking water shortage in the villages. Lease holders also do not fill up abandoned mine pits, nor taken any steps for afforestation.
Mining should be allowed only under the stringent conditions of full eco-restoration. Government should introduce strict checks whether lease miners are complying with the license conditions or not. Also they are getting away because of loopholes and corruption in the system. The system is quite sound in theory. If only government can implement in practice what is already there on papers, mining won't lead to total destruction of the surrounding areas.