Special team to study damage due to illegal mining
A team of officials belonging to the state Geology and Mining Department visited Gautam Budh Nagar to study the extent of environmental damage caused due to illegal mining in the district.noida Updated: Aug 07, 2013 02:21 IST
A team of officials belonging to the state Geology and Mining Department visited Gautam Budh Nagar to study the extent of environmental damage caused due to illegal mining in the district.
The five-member team – accompanied by senior officials of the district administration – surveyed the 60-km stretch along the Yamuna and floodplains of the Hindon.
“They completed the inspection of the stretch between Kalindi Kunj Barrage and Jewer. The study team spotted more than two dozen illegal mining sites along the Yamuna,” said an official of district administration, requesting anonymity.
The team also visited the floodplains of the Hindon river and found sings of illegal mining activities, the official said.
The move came after the Allahabad High Court, while hearing a petition seeking ban on sand mining, asked the department to submit a status report about such activities. “They completed the task of collecting details. Now, the team members will prepare a report and submit it to the department, which will forward it to the HC,” the official said.
Meanwhile, the district administration has also formed teams to curb illegal mining. “The district magistrate has deployed special teams at several points where mining has been rampant in the recent past,” the official said.
These teams would conduct regular inspections at Kambakshpur, Raipur, Chhaproli, Mangroli and other areas.