Minister of State for Geology and Mining Gayatri Prasad Prajapati has constituted three inquiry teams to probe illegal mining of stones,sand and earth during the BSP regime which were used for construction of memorials,parks and the Yamuna Expressway.
After holding a review meeting of officials at the Geology and Mining Directorate on Friday,Prajapati said that large-scale illegal mining of stones,sand and coarse sand took place during Mayawatis regime. Agricultural fields in several villages adjoining Lucknow were turned into deep pits due to heavy excavation of earth,which was used in the construction of parks and memorials.
Two teams will separately probe the alleged illegal mining in Sonbhadra and Lucknow. The third team will probe whether royalty had been paid to the government for excavation of earth which was used in the construction of Yamuna Expressway. It will be confined to Aligarh,Mathura and Agra. All three teams will submit their report within 15 days.
Prajapati also said that 60 per cent of the mines are closed in the state,mostly in the absence of no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). Some are closed due to courts intervention against e-tendering.
We will request the MoEF to issue NOC for the mines. The central government wants to damage us by holding back these mines. The state government will approach the apex court in cases where there are legal disputes, Prajapati said. Due to the closure of mines,rates of bricks,sand and other building materials had increased manifold,he added.