HP HC raps govt for failing to check illegal mining in Kangra
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Last Updated: Friday, April 22, 2011, 00:29
  
Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh High Court has expressed annoyance at the failure of the state authorities to check illegal mining and wanted a ban on mining at Chakki Khud in Damtal area of Kangra district.

Acting fast on the direction of the High Court to take effective steps to check illegal mining of minerals in the state, Himachal Pradesh government today constituted a ten-member committee to suggest measures for the purpose.

The court also directed the Additional Chief Secretary (Industries) to take effective steps to stop illegal mining and the Member Secretary, HP Science and Technology Council, to visit the spot and inspect the present status of the site.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Sanjay Karol had yesterday passed the order on a petition pertaining to illegal mining in Damtal and said affidavits of government officials revealed that about 4 lakh metric tonnes of mineral were extracted and the government had done nothing except compounding the offences.

The court also said that inspite of issuance of the notification banning mining at Chakki Khud from the railway bridge in Kangra district, the mining lease was granted and illegal mining continued.

It was unfortunate that more than 541 cases were challaned in a small area, which showed that the government had completely failed in protecting its minerals, the court said.

PTI


First Published: Friday, April 22, 2011, 00:29


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