- The NGT has directed the Union Ministry that no environmental clearance will be given for sand mining in the rivers of north India till September 1 each year, and during the rainy season.
- The Tribunal was hearing a plea by environment activist, Virendra Kumar who had approached the green panel seeking stay against the mining activity being carried out by private persons during monsoon period in Karnal district of Haryana.
- Mr Kumar, in his plea filed through advocate Kapil Joshi, said the project proponent was violating the terms of environmental clearance and carrying out mining activity even during the rainy season.
- In the past, the mining activities during the rainy season lead to hazardous circumstances with the water from rainfall carrying the metal ores into nearby water bodies.
- This NGT decision comes as a welcome move to clarify on the terms of environmental clearances and give a strong dictat against the misuse of the same.
- This restriction will definitely help curtail the recent upsurge in water poisoning in metropolitan cities especially in mine rich states like Haryana, Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.
News Item Compiled by Girish Deepak