Deep Nexus: SDMs get more teeth to check mining in Himachal Pradesh : The Tribune India

Deep Nexus: SDMs get more teeth to check mining in Himachal Pradesh

Empowered to attach violators’ assets | Govt gets moving after NGT directive

Deep Nexus: SDMs get more teeth to check mining in Himachal Pradesh

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Himachal Pradesh Government to deal firmly with the mining mafia and ensure that there is no illegal mining in rivers and rivulets of the state.

Ravinder Sood

Palampur, August 30

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Himachal Pradesh Government to deal firmly with the mining mafia and ensure that there is no illegal mining in rivers and rivulets of the state.

The state government has decided to empower all SDMs in the state to attach the properties of persons involved in illegal mining to recover the fine imposed on them. The state has invoked these stringent provisions of law for the first time to deal with the mining mafia, which has wreaked havoc all over the state.

Prabodh Saxena, Principal Secretary, Environment, issued a notification in this regard yesterday. The SDMs have been asked to grant an opportunity to the defaulters before attaching their assets by issuing them a show-cause notice. Illegal mining is going on unabated in the Kangra valley. After the recent floods, the functioning of the state Mining Department has come under the scanner. In Kangra, illegal mining is posing a threat to several irrigation and drinking water supply schemes. The 400-year-old Kirpal Chand Kuhl, originating from Neugal, which feeds over 50 panchayats comprising hundreds of villages of Palampur, Bhawarna and Daroh blocks, is in danger because of mining in the catchment areas.

Posing threat to water schemes

  • SDMs have been asked to first provide an opportunity to defaulters by issuing them a show-cause notice
  • After the recent flash floods, the functioning of the state Mining Department has come under the scanner
  • In Kangra, illegal mining is posing a serious threat to several irrigation & drinking water supply schemes

#Environment #illegal mining #Kangra #National Green Tribunal NGT #Palampur

Tribune Shorts


Top News

Punjab Guv shows the rulebook to CM Bhagwant Mann, cites Articles 167 & 168

Punjab Guv shows the rulebook to CM Bhagwant Mann, cites Articles 167 & 168

Subsequently, AAP govt lists legislative business for Sept 2...

Body found, BJP expels father of Ankita murder accused

Body found, BJP expels father of Ankita murder accused

U’khand Govt on backfoot after public outrage | FB friend sa...