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Mining to be restricted in some areas in Samtse

Mar 31, 2011

The Dzongkhag Yargay Tshogdu (the district development committee) in Samtse has decided that indiscriminate mining activities will not be allowed in the district. It decided that mining will not be allowed in certain areas which will be designated as no mining zones.

Mining will be restricted in Simanadara in Chengmari, Sinkaluaey in Pugli, Tashim, Thumkey, Tamangdara, and Sangla in Samtse.

The Dzongkhag Environment Committee said Samtse dzongkhag has the highest number of mining activities in the country.

The mines in the identified areas will be allowed to operate till the end of the lease period. The lease will not be extended.

The members said mining activities in the Dzongkhag has huge negative impact on the landscape and the environment.

Dorji Wangdi, the DYT chairman, said “till now people were not aware of the severity of the damage to the environment caused by the mining activities. Now they are. And we have accordingly decided to restrict mining in some areas.”

Sonam Norbu, Ugyentse Gup, believes that the move will “help protect the environment and prevent the water sources from drying up.”

Currently there are about 14 mines in operation in the Dzongkhag.

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