National green tribunal (NGT) has issued notice to the Punjab government on application filed by Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) leader and Rupnagar Bar association president Paramjit Singh Pamma against illegal mining in Khera Kalmot and Bhallan villages of the district.
The government has been told to file response by August 30. Notices have also been issued to other respondents, including Punjab industries department, Punjab pollution control board (PPCB), Rupnagar deputy commissioner and district mining authority.
In his plea, Pamma said sand and gravel was being extracted from Sutlej and Swan river beds in violation of state expert appraisal committee (SEAC) norms.
He said Khera Kalmot village is home to of rare flora and fauna. However, the illegal mining in the Shivalik ranges is disturbing the ecological balance in the area.
Around 200 acres of agricultural land and 30 villages are facing the risk of being washed away as Sutlej and Swan rivers have changed their course due to illegal mining, said Pamma. Illegal mining is also rampant at Algran village in Anandpur Sahib tehsil, he added.