The National Green Tribunal has sought a detailed list of persons allegedly involved in illegal mining along Betwa River bank in Jalaun and Hamirpur districts of Uttar Pradesh.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the district magistrates of both the districts to place the list of such persons by September 27.
“Let the list of the persons who were caught doing illegal mining as reported in the list of Local Commissioner be placed by the District Magistrates of Jalaun and Hamirpur on record,” the bench said.
The direction came while perusing an inspection report by a panel appointed by NGT to inspect the river bank to probe the allegations of rampant illegal sand mining in the area.
It had earlier directed the two-membered committee to contact the owners of land in the area and collect information as to who had carried out the sand mining operations.
It had also asked the committee to file a report giving all conclusions drawn by them on illegal sand mining along with particulars of the persons who were involved in the activity.
The tribunal had earlier directed authorities to immediately stop illegal sand mining in the area and issued notices to Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Uttar Pradesh government, state pollution control board.
The direction came during the hearing of a plea by NGO Jan Sashaktikaran, represented through advocate Rahul Choudhary, seeking action against the alleged sand mining on River Betwa being carried out in violation of the law.
( Source – PTI )