Following a complaint that mining was being carried out mechanically in a river in Harda district, National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed Madhya Pradesh government to stop mining operations in the area.
The Tribunal also directed the MP Pollution Control Board to take measures through the district administration for seizure of all the equipments used in the mining. It also directed administration to seize the mineral (sand) that might be lying on the spot. The Green Panel directed the state government to file compliance report in the next hearing in the case on January 6.
The two-member central bench of the NGT, comprising justice Dalip Singh, judicial member and DK Agrwal, expert member, gave these directions while hearing a case filed by Mahesh Kumar Verma.
In its order, the NGT said the appeal had been filed against the grant of environment clearance by the state environment impact assessment authority to the MP Mining Corporation on October 31 for sand mining at Handiya village in Harda.
Ayush Dev Bajpai, counsel for the petitioner said that according to the evidence contained in the photographs which were taken on December 21, there was a clear violation of the norms in sand mining from the river in the village.
“The sand mining was being carried from the midst of the river bed, which is not allowed. Second the permission had been given for manual sand mining, but it was being carried out mechanically in a big way. So we challenged the environmental clearance,” he said.