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Evaluate damage caused by sand mining, NGT directs Goa

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The National Green (NGT) has directed the government to estimate the damage done due to activities and recover compensation from the polluters.

A bench headed by Justice said rampant in areas rich in iron ore and other minerals is threatening the forest cover as well as posing a health hazard to the local population in various parts of

"More than one-fourth of the state has been affected by activity and along with legitimate mining, too has come to stay in And the situation is only going to get worse as the mining companies are gearing up to further increase the amount of ore they extract from the ecologically sensitive regions of the small state," the said.

It noted that a recent economic survey had cited that more than 2.5 lakh hectares of government land have been taken over by activities.

"It is essential to evaluate the damage caused to the and the cost required for its restoration. This is a mandate under the 'Polluter Pays' principle which is in accordance with Section 20 of National Green Act, 2010 and Article 21 of the Constitution of

"Therefore, we direct the state of Goa to estimate the cost of damage in such cases and recover compensation from the polluters for restoration/restitution," the bench said.

The tribunal also noted that there were other issues like deterioration in groundwater levels, damage to forests and wildlife and unscientific, besides uncontrolled, etc.

"Unsatisfactory implementation of the law is clear from the fact that in spite of severe damage, there is no report of any convictions being recorded against the polluters, nor adequate compensation has been recovered for damage caused to the Steps for community involvement are not adequate. There is reluctance even to declare some major cities as fully compliant with the norms," it said.

The tribunal directed the to appear before it in person on October 21 with the status of compliance.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 16:55 IST
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