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Illegal mining in Satluj: NGT asks petitioner to approach monitoring committee

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has directed a petitioner, alleging activities in basin in Himachal Pradesh, to approach a on the issue.

A bench headed by Justice said a larger bench of the tribunal has already constituted a committee with detailed terms of reference which includes activities in the

"Therefore, we direct the applicant to appear before the committee and participate in their meeting for his redressal," the bench said.

The committee was formed by the tribunal on July 24 which comprised noted environmental activist Balbir Singh Seechewal, representatives of the central and state boards.

"The must have one and one and also a Member of the state board and a nominee of the Urban Development of the State of Himachal Pradesh," the bench had said.

The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Kullu resident (retired) alleging that three persons were carrying out without requisite permission in violation to Minor Minerals (Concession) and Minerals (Prevention of Illegal Mining, Transportation and Storage) Rules, 2015.

The plea, filed through Akash Vashishtha, has sought an independent enquiry and production of entire records besides levy of penalty on the violators.

It alleged that the three persons were carrying out mining without mandatory environmental clearance and environment impact assessment.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 15:10 IST