Order of the National Green Tribunal regrarding unrestricted mining of sand from the riverbed of river Basloi, Jharkhand, 27/09/2019

  • 27/09/2019

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Birsa Munda Seba Sartha Vs Union of India & Others dated 27/09/2019 regarding unrestricted mining of sand from the riverbed of river Basloi, Jharkhand and a gross contravention of the Jharkhand State Sand Mining Policy, 2017. It is contended that as per the policy the State Government is required to categorize streams/rivers for strict regulation of sand mining. This, as per the applicant, has not been done in the District Survey Report (DSR) on sustainable sand mining prepared by the Pakur District Authorities, Jharkhand.

The NGT directs constitution of Committee comprising of (i) the Deputy Commissioner, Pakur Collectorate, (ii) District Mining Officer, Pakur District and (iii) Jharkhand Pollution Control Board (JBCB) to jointly inspect the area in question, verify on the factual aspects set out in the application and to submit a report. JPCB shall be the nodal agency for co-ordinating and for providing logistic support.

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