High Court bans diamond mining in Buxwaha forests, seeks response from government and ASI


  • High Court bans mining in the forests of Buxwaha
  • The court directed the mining company to stop its activities
  • High Court seeks response from ASI along with central and state governments
  • Stone paintings were found in the forests of Buxwaha

Stay on Mining in Buxwaha : Madhya Pradesh High Court (MP High Court) has ordered an immediate ban on diamond mining in Buxwaha. On Tuesday, the High Court has stayed the work of the mining company, saying that it has led to the stone painting found in the forest.Rock Painting in Buxwaha), idols of Kalchuri and Chandela period etc. may be in danger of destruction. In this regard, the Central Government, the State Government and the Archaeological Survey of India (Archaeological Survey of India)Archaeological Survey of India) asked for the answer.

The government had given permission for diamond mining on about 364 hectares of land in Buxwaha located in Chhatarpur, MP. 25 thousand years old rock painting was found in the forests of Buxwaha. Rock paintings date back to the Stone Age. After this, Dr. PG Najpande of Jabalpur’s Nagrik Consumer Guidance Manch filed a petition in the High Court to stop mining in Buxwaha.

The petitioner, in his petition, had urged the High Court to ban mining in Buxwaha until some measures are taken for the protection of the archaeological wealth. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had conducted a survey in the Buxwaha forest between July 10 and 12 and submitted its report to the High Court. On the basis of this survey, the petitioner had demanded a ban on mining.

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On Tuesday, the double bench of the High Court, while hearing the matter, issued a stay order. In the order, the High Court has said that any mining work in Buxwaha will be done only after its instructions.

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