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Take steps to control illegal mining in gharial sanctuary: NGT to MP govt

Expressing concern over illegal sand mining endangering survival of gharials, the National Green Tribunal has directed the Madhya Pradesh government to take strong measures and report the progress made on February 6.

bhopal Updated: Nov 24, 2016 09:42 IST
Less than 400 adults of the critically endangered gharial survive in the world today.
Less than 400 adults of the critically endangered gharial survive in the world today.(AFP)

Expressing concern over illegal sand mining endangering survival of gharials, the National Green Tribunal has directed the Madhya Pradesh government to take strong measures and report the progress made on February 6.

Nityanand Mishra had filed a petition in the NGT claiming illegal sand mining along Son river in Sidhi district had confined the water body into pools. Located in Sidhi district, Son Gharial Sanctuary was established to save gharials from extinction.

The gharial lives in deep and fast-moving rivers.

“Recently, there has been a report that villagers particularly women in some of areas resorted to hunger strike against the illegal sand mining and trespassing by transporters through their agricultural fields. These issues need to be addressed at an urgent basis,” a two-member NGT central bench said in its order on Tuesday.

The tribunal stated that the matter be listed on February 6 for reporting the progress made so for on its earlier directives to the government.

It also stated that the government counsel submitted a report on estimation of ecological flows in the Son sanctuary with focus on gharials. The green panel added the report has acknowledged the fact that the illegal sand mining and depletion of sand deposit was adversely affecting the sanctuary.

After the Central Water Commission pointed out that inadequate water release was being released from Bansagar dam, the NGT had directed the state government to file details about how much water could be saved due to implementation of micro irrigation scheme for maintaining minimum continuous water flow to the sanctuary area.