Residents of several villages held a demonstration to protest against illegal sand mining at Surewal village near here on Friday.The protesters alleged that the contractors had dug up the area more than the permissible limit and thousands of tippers passing through their village everyday had not only damaged the roads but they were also posing danger to their lives.
The protesting villagers reached in front of DAV School on Santokhgarh-Nangran road at Surewal village and raised slogans against the Punjab government and mining department. Harjinder Singh, sarpanch of Surewal village, said hundreds of tippers loaded with sand passed through the village everyday due to which the roads in the area had been damaged completely. All roads and streets in the village were littered with sand and long queues of tippers could be seen parked on the roads creating inconvenience to residents, said Ram Kumar, a resident.
Addressing the protestors, Right to information (RTI) activist advocate Dinesh Chadha alleged that the mining department did not enforce the rules and regulations at the mining site near the village. According to rules, a demarcation of mining site was to be made by putting flags on the boundary of quarry and in the absence of any such demarcation the contractors got the liberty of crossing the area allowed for mining, he added.
Nangal tehsildar Ram Kishen reached the spot and assured the protestors of solving their problem soon.