The Madhya Pradesh government has found evidence of illegal sand mining in Ken river in Panna district.
Replying to the National Green Tribunal (NGT), in a case on illegal sand mining from the river, the state government said it has found “some pits establishing the fact that the illegal excavation and sand mining is carried out from the pits.”
The government also informed the green tribunal that cases of illegal extractions have been registered against 11 violators.
Taking a suo moto cognizance of the reports on illegal sand mining in Ken, the central bench of the NGT on Thursday directed that no authority/court should release vehicles and equipment found involved in illegal mining or transportation of minerals without referring the matter to the Tribunal and obtaining the order regarding the same.
The copy of the order was made available on Friday. The next hearing in the case has been fixed to August 4.
In its order, the NGT has also said that the counsel for the state government had informed it that at present only one sanctioned sand mining lease, on two hectares, was found to be operating during an inspection on the 20-km stretch of the Ken river.
“The inspection committee, which was constituted by the administration, found some pits establishing the fact that the illegal excavation and sand mining was carried out from the pits,” the order said.
The NGT bench said it has directed the state government to issue show cause notices to three people found carrying out illegal storage and five others found illegally transporting sands.
The Ken River has its source in Jabalpur district and travels a distance of 427 km, finally merging with the Yamuna near Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh. Out of 427 km, it flows for 292 km in MP and 84 km in UP.