Ban lifted on sand mining in two Maharashtra districts

Considering Maharashtra government`s plea, Environment Ministry on Monday decided to revoke for two years the moratorium on sand mining in the non-Coastal Regulatory Zone areas of Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.

Last Updated: Apr 25, 2011, 23:35 PM IST

New Delhi: Considering Maharashtra
government`s plea, Environment Ministry on Monday decided to
revoke for two years the moratorium on sand mining in the
non-Coastal Regulatory Zone areas of Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg
districts.

The state government had informed the Environment
Ministry that the "acute shortage" of sand was affecting
infrastructure projects in the two districts.

The Ministry, which imposed a moratorium in August
last year after considering environment impact of projects
from the two districts, said the ban has been lifted for two
years, subject to compliance with environment and forest
requirements, undertaking climate mitigation measures, and
constitution of monitoring committee to ensure compliance of
environment requirements.

"The Government of Maharashtra has informed about
acute shortage of sand affecting infrastructure projects and
construction of affordable houses. The matter was reviewed by
the Ministry and it has been decided to lift the moratorium in
non-coastal regulation zone area in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg
districts," the Ministry said in a statement.

PTI