Suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal has earned the wrath of a state government whose coffers she filled with Rs 17.85 crore in 11 months through her crackdown on the sand mining mafia in Greater Noida. Previous collections from fines levied on the sand mafia and auction of seized sand pale in comparison to Nagpal’s showing in her 11-month stint as the sub-divisional magistrate (Sadar). War of words In the 11 months before she took charge in September, 2012, the total revenue collected in drives against the local sand mafia was Rs 11.55 crore. Nagpal’s efforts earned the state Rs 6.30 crore more, a 54.5% rise.
“The mining department helped her in her aggressive drives, which mostly used to take place during the night. She had no fear, and was very proactive when it came to preventing illegal sand mining,” said an official who was posted with Nagpal. Nagpal began her drives against illegal sand mining soon after joining office. “The sand mafia was scared because they realised she would not succumb to political or other pressures. Politicians used to think her attitude would change in a month or two, but she kept her crusade going,” said the official who did not want to be named.