NGT crackdown on unlawful mining in Ropar, orders Rs 315 cr restoration

Tribune News Service

Ropar, July 12

The National Green Tribunal has requested the Punjab State Pollution Control Board to recuperate Rs 315 crore from the contractors discovered responsible in unlawful sand mining at three websites in Ropar district. The NGT order dated July 10 pertains to the unlawful mining reported at Swarha, Baihara and Harsa Bela websites.

The order is available in response to the report submitted by the Punjab state Mining Department to the NGT highlighting unlawful mining on the websites underneath query. The order got here within the wake of a grievance lodged by RTI activist Dinesh Chadha.

Illegal mining until 2018 

  • Site:     Minor Minerals
  • Swarha : 91.four lakh MT
  • Baihara:  32.6 lakh MT
  • Harsa Bela:  40,000 MT

In November 2017, residents of Baihara village, accompanied by Dinesh Chadha, had lodged a grievance with the then Deputy Commissioner Gurneet Tej, alleging {that a} contractor was digging the riverbed utilizing heavy equipment. On inspection, it was discovered that the riverbed was dug up 18 toes in opposition to the permissible 10 toes.

In one other inspection on February 8, 2018, at Swarha and Harsa Bela, senior officers, together with then ADC Lakhmir Singh and Ropar SDM Ruhi Dugg, discovered that the riverbed was dug up 40 ft deep, however digging was additionally carried out exterior the allotted quarry space.

After Chadha moved the NGT in 2018 to hunt motion in opposition to the offenders, the tribunal requested a joint committee of the Central Pollution Control Board, Director (Mining) and the Punjab Pollution Control Board to take obligatory measures to cease unlawful mining.

That time too the NGT had directed the committee to take motion in opposition to the erring officers inside two months, however nothing has been finished within the matter until now.


Illegal mining until 2018

Site Illegal digging

Swarha 91.four lakh MT

Baihara 32.6 lakh MT

Harsa Bela 40,000 MT

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