A National Green Tribunal (NGT) judge on Thursday warned the Uttarakhand government to stop giving permission for sand mining after a resident claimed that the state is blatantly violating the courts recent ban on it.
The application by Dehraduns Khush Naseeb Khan claims the state,vulnerable after this years calamitous floods,is allowing large-scale mining for reconstruction,further degrading the land. Khan also alleged the sand is openly sold in markets. The NGT on August 5 had re-enforced a 2012 Supreme Court judgement stating that mining of minerals,including sand,must get clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests or the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority.
Ill hold you in contempt. Let that be clear, Justice Swatanter Kumar told the counsel representing Uttarakhand. Please do not issue any more permits.
Khans application,represented by advocate Ajit Sharma,was one of three brought up before the Tribunal Thursday.
Sharma said Uttarakhand has issued notices that lift its own ban on mining during monsoon to allow people to reconstruct what was destroyed during the floods.
The states intention may be good,but they have not considered the environmental impacts. If you extract sand during the rainy season,it causes damage to rivers and more floods, Sharma said.