To tackle the brazen mafia involved in the unscrupulous mining in the riverbeds of Yamuna and Hindon, the Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate has formed nine teams, which will impound vehicles used for illegal transportation of sand and arrest the offenders.
The administration's move has come as the illegal mining in the district is on the rise."The illegal mining is rampant in the riverbed. Though there are no organised groups or gangs operating here, illegal miners are equipped with arms.
It is difficult to keep a check on the vast stretch of the riverbed. So nine teams have been formed, which will now do surprise checks at odd hours," said Ashish Kumar, mining inspector.
According to mining officials, there are two kinds of sand mining in the district. One is in riverbed and other is for construction of basements. "Illegal mining from the riverbed is much serious issue as environmental cause is attached to it," said Kumar.
"There are only three patches where mining is legal near the Yamuna. Those are: 181 acre area at Raipur Khadar, 47 acre at Asgarpur Jangeer and 156 acre at Chak Basantpur till May 2013.
Mining is completely ban in Hindon. The irrigation department has not given any clearance for it. We have identified nine more areas on Yamuna bed and have given for approval from the forest department," said Kumar.
"Noida area is used by illegal miners to store sand mined from Haryana region. On June 15, we seized trucks loaded with sand from Nagla Wazidpur area and got Rs. 35.12 lakh as royalty after selling it. The department gets Rs. 22 per cubic metre," explained Kumar.
Even the Noida police have started surprise checks in the mining areas. "We have started a drive against illegal mining and transport of sand. Stringent action will be taken against the violators.
Raids will be conducted at various locations. We have asked the district mining officer to give us details of mining areas in the district," said Praveen Kumar, senior superintendent of police.
The mining department officials seized 76 vehicles involved in illegal transport of sand last month. The department had overall impounded 285 vehicles in 2011-12. It, with the help of police, conducts regular raids.