Some states have banned mechanised mining, but the mafia is not ready to obey. Illegal mining is hollowing the riverbed putting at risk the stability and ecology of rivers. This special report in Down To Earth examines the murky business of sand mining.
Where there is a river, there is sand. Called a minor mineral, it fulfils a major requirement of the booming construction industry. No wonder, many senior bureaucrats and politicians in power are hand-in-glove with local contractors to make huge gains from illegal sand mining. Even as the exchequer suffers, little attention is given to the long-lasting scars sand mining leaves on ecology. Communities fight on the river banks and in courts to keep sand reserves from getting exhausted. To read more: http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/sand-slips
Feature: Sand mining in India.
In-court: HC order on sand mining.
In-court: Bombay HC on sand mining.
- Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding vehicles seized by the Mining Department for allegedly carrying river sand mineral without mining pass / royalty slip, Madhya Pradesh, 10/11/2015
- Illegal mining in Moga unabated
- Rule making it must for sand dealers to obtain licence upheld
- Railway track washed out near Vaitarna River bringing down trains to standstill
- State slips on new sand policy