NGT send Notice to Environment Ministry on illegal sand mining
New Delhi, Jan 24 A plea alleging large scale unauthorised
and illegal sand mining with the use of heavy machinery in Banda district of
Uttar Pradesh despite prohibition today prompted the National Green Tribunal to
seek responses from the Centre and the state government.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar
issued notices to the Environment Ministry, UP government and others while
seeking their replies in two weeks.
The NGT was hearing a plea filed by UP resident Brij Mohan
Yadav, who has alleged that illegal sand mining was being carried out in rivers
Betwa and Ken flowing through Banda district despite NGT's direction to state
authorities to "ensure that no illegal mining is permitted" in the district,
particularly on the rivers Badain and Ken.
The plea, filed through advocate Rahul Choudhary, alleged
that despite giving an undertaking before the NGT that no sand mining would be
allowed in the area, District Magistrates of Banda and Chhattarpur (Madhya
Pradesh) and Zila Panchayat CEO have failed to comply with the direction of
"Illegal sand mining is being continued unabated under the
nose of the government officials in Banda district and the incidence of illegal
mining taking place on Ken and other rivers of Banda district is gross violation
of undertaking by the District Magistrate, Banda, and CEO, Zila Panchayat acting
District Magistrate, Chattarpur.
Referring to reports that various 'influential' leaders were
involved in illegal sand mining in the area, the plea said non-compliance of the
NGT order and unregulated sand mining can change the natural course of the Ken
Courtesy: Outlook India