FORM – D-1
24. Notice of temporary discontinuance of work in mines and obligations of the lease holders-
(1) The owner, agent, mining engineer or manager of every mine shall send to Controller General, Controller of Mines and the Regional Controller of Mines a notice in Form D-1 when the mining or mineral processing operations in the mine or part thereof are discontinued for a period exceeding ninety days so as to reach them within one hundred and five days from the date of such temporary discontinuance.
(2) Where the discontinuance takes place as a result of the occurrence of natural calamity beyond the control of the owner, agent, mining engineer or manager of a mine, or in compliance with any order or directions issued by any statutory authority established under any law in force or any tribunal or a court, a telegraphic intimation shall be sent to the Controller General and the Regional Controller within a period of twenty-four hours of such discontinuance, and a notice of discontinuance, under this sub rule shall be submitted to the Controller General, Controller of Mines and the Regional Controller within a period of fifteen days of such discontinuance in Form D-1.
(3) During the temporary discontinuation of mine or part thereof, it shall be the responsibility of the owner, agent, manager or mining engineer to comply with the reasonable prohibitive measures to restrict access for unauthorised entry, provide protective measures to potentially danger sources of electrical and mechanical installations, the mine openings or workings and all other structures. It shall be ensured that all contaminated effluents are controlled and all physical, chemical, biological monitoring programmes have been continued. It shall also be ensured that all rock piles, over burden piles and stock piles and tailings and other water impoundment structure have been maintained in stable and safe conditions.