NGT directs UP Govt to stop sand mining in Bundelkhand
NGO on Wednesday moved the National Green Tribunal against the rampant illegal
sand mining being carried out in Jalaun and Hamirpur districts of Uttar Pradesh,
prompting the National Green Tribunal to direct authorities to immediately stop
A bench headed by Justice U D Salvi issued notices to
Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Uttar Pradesh government, state
pollution control board and others, seeking their responses by October 14.
"We have before us photographs of sand mining going on in two
villages of district Jalaun being carried out on river Betwa. These photos were
taken in last week of August, 2015. Admittedly, sand mining should not be
carried out during the monsoon period....
"We direct District Magistrate and Superintendant of Police
of Jalaun district, Uttar Pradesh to take measures and ensure no illegal sand
mining goes on in the area and due action is taken against the violators in
accordance with the law," a bench headed by Justice U D Salvi said.
The direction came during the hearing of a plea by NGO Jan
Sashaktikaran, represented through advocate Rahul Choudhary, seeking action
against the alleged sand mining on the river Betwa being carried out in
violation to the laws.
The NGO also filed photographs showing illegal mining in the middle of the
river using machines in last week of August.
"Even after clear directions by this Tribunal to Deputy
Commissioner, Superintendent of Police and Mining Authorities to ensure
compliance of order on sand mining... no effective step has been taken by the
Courtesy: The Times of India