The central bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday sought response from Madhya Pradesh government on NGT's suggestion for constituting preventive force on regular basis to check illegal sand mining from Narmada river in Jabalpur district and elsewhere in the state.
The Bench gave these directions while hearing a case pertaining to the allegations of illegal sand mining going on in Narmada riverbed in Jabalpur district. The two-member bench included Justice Dalip Singh, judicial member and PS Rao, expert member. The next hearing in the case will be on February 6.
NGT stated that a petitioner claimed that despite the orders passed by the Tribunal, illegal mining was going on unhindered and the alleged steps taken by the district administration hardly had any effect on illegal sand mining around Jabalpur along Narmada. NGT directed Sachin Verma, counsel for the state government, to submit his response on the claims of the petitioner.
Stressing the importance of the case, NGT noted that it raised primary issues; one pertaining to illegal mining through excavation, deposition and transportation of sand by persons without having any approved mining leases and second relates to the persons, who have mining leases but do not follow conditions provided in mining lease, environmental clearance and the latest office memorandum issued by ministry of environment and forests dated December 24, 2013. "Both issues are important and need to be addressed," NGT stated.
The Tribunal maintained that the case was important as according to authorities, 117 sand mining leases had been sanctioned in the area.