Yamuna may change course this monsoon

YAMUNANAGAR: The mining mafia has reportedly carried out excessive illegal mining in the bed of the Yamuna in Tajewala village, making the riverbed level lower in Haryana than in Uttar Pradesh.

Yamuna may change course this monsoon

Mining under way at a village in Yamunagar. Tribune photo

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Shiv Kumar Sharma

Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, April 13

The mining mafia has reportedly carried out excessive illegal mining in the bed of the Yamuna in Tajewala village, making the riverbed level lower in Haryana than in Uttar Pradesh.

Uncontrolled mining in the riverbed was done on left side of the right lower down-stream embankment (RLDSE), the right side of which was badly damaged with mining done up to 50 feet in depth.

“There are chances that the Yamuna may change course in the rainy season. It will flow with excessive water towards the Haryana side, enhancing chances of a breach,” said a source.

The right bank of the Yamuna is in Haryana and the left bank in Uttar Pradesh. The 19,600-foot-long RLDSE, constructed close to the old Tajewala headworks, was repaired at a cost of Rs 3398.43 lakh between 2011 and 2013.

“There are agricultural fields on the right side of the RLDSE, but the mining mafia has damaged a large portion by carrying out illegal mining,” said the source.

“The mining mafia has not spared the Yamuna riverbed on the left side and carried out excessive illegal mining in a large portion there,” said the source.

The excessive illegal mining had led to the possibility of damage to the Hathnikund barrage, about 3.5 km upstream of the old Tajewala headworks, and wreaking havoc in the area.

Haridev Kamboj, Executive Engineer, Water Services Division, Dadupur, said he had written about the illegal mining to the higher authorities. Social activist and advocate Waryam Singh said the government should take strict action against the officials who were responsible for illegal mining on both sides of RLDSE.

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