Palampur, September 15
Batthan panchayat in Thural area of Kangra district has passed a resolution not to allow illegal mining in the Neugal river. The panchayat also resolved that in future it would not give any ‘no objection certificates’ (NOCs) for the installation of stone crushers and would not grant permission for leasing land for mining. Batthan has emerged as the first panchayat in the Palampur region to fight against illegal mining.
Seema Devi and Sat Pal, pradhan and up-pradhan of panchayat, said villagers had decided not to allow illegal mining in Neugal, a tributary of the Beas, passing through villages falling under their panchayat. They added that after flashfloods and sinking of hills along the Neugal river, the villagers had realised that illegal mining and environmental degradation were responsible for the disaster.
25,000 hectares affected by illegal mining
- Villagers of Batthan panchayat in Thural have decided not to allow illegal mining in the Neugal river that passes through the area.
- After flashfloods and sinking of hills along the Neugal, the villagers have realised that illegal mining was responsible for the disaster
- Over 25,000 hectares have been affected by illegal mining in Sullah and Jaisinghpur subdivisions of Kangra, resulting in drastic reshaping of the landscape
The panchayat also decided to constitute an eco club, which would keep a watch on illegal mining and educate local people about its ill-effects. They said that apart from landslides and flashfloods, unscientific mining had also resulted in deforestation.
Over 25,000 hectares have been affected by the illegal mining in Sullah and Jaisinghpur subdivisions of Kangra, resulting in drastic reshaping of the landscape. Illegal mining is also posing a serious threat to irrigation and drinking water supply schemes, local paths, village roads, bridges and cremation grounds.
The copies of the resolution were also sent to Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and Deputy Commissioner Nipun Jindal.
Meanwhile, despite ban, there is no let up in illegal mining in the Neugal, near the Kaisiana temple and the Tamloh bridge in Sullah. On the directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the government had imposed a complete ban on mining in the Neugal, which is a major source of drinking water in the region.
The government has already cancelled various lease permits for mining in the river. No new mining sites have been auctioned. Still, large-scale illegal mining is going on day and night, resulting in environmental degradation.
Most Read In 24 Hours
Don't MissView All
Shivraj Singh Chouhan out as BJP picks Ujjain MLA Mohan Yadav next Madhya Pradesh CM; Narendra Tomar to be Speaker
The 58-year-old OBC leader served as minister for higher edu...
Article 370 was a temporary provision, says CJI as Bench pro...
The Supreme Court, in its judgement on Monday, supports the ...
All newly elected MLAs told to compulsorily attend the meeti...
‘Thanks for reposing faith on small worker’: Mohan Yadav after being picked as next Madhya Pradesh CM
BJP retained power emphatically in MP in the November 17 Ass...