No sand mining from riverbed without green nod
New Delhi: As the row over suspended Uttar Pradesh IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal rages unabated, the National Green Tribunal Monday restrained sand mining from riverbeds across the country without prior environmental clearance.
Issuing notice to chief secretaries of all states, the tribunal said large scale mining activity was carried on in violation of laws, causing losses to state revenues to the tune of lakhs of crores of rupees.
The five-member bench headed by tribunal chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the states to respond by Aug 14.
The bench said the contention is that majority of those carrying out activity of removing minerals from the river bed have no licence to extract sand.
"In the meantime, we restrain any person, company, authority to carry out any mining activity or removal of sand, from river beds anywhere in the country without obtaining environmental clearance from environment ministry and licence from the competent authorities," the order said.