Illegal mining on near Gurgaon,says forest conservator

Around 20 villages in Mehwat district near Gurgaon are continuing with illegal mining despite a ban by the Supreme Court...

Written by Tanushree Roy Chowdhury | Gurgaon | Published: February 19, 2009 12:23 am

Around 20 villages in Mehwat district near Gurgaon are continuing with illegal mining despite a ban by the Supreme Court and repeated reminders by the Punjab and Haryana High Court,conservator forest R P Balwan said after visiting these villages on Wednesday.

According to Balwan,he found mining activities are being conducted much below the groundwater level at several places. This,he said,has created massive lakes with groundwater filled in them. “In Gudawali and Uttavar villages,mining has continued below the surface level,” Balwan said. “As a result,this has now filled with water,leading to large-scale evaporation of precious and pure groundwater.”

Describing these as “forceful mining”,Balwan said: “The material is being carried to stone crushers. All of it is illegal and in violation of court orders.” Balwan said mining is also on for expensive silica sand — again prohibited by law.

Deola,Mohammadpur,Khandella,Gangaui and Wajjda are among other villages where such illegal mining is going on,Balwan said.

So why do villagers not report such activities to the authorities? Balwan said such illegal mining is carried out on Panchayat land,so it would not be possible unless the local bodies and villagers are hand in glove with these illegal activities.

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