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NGT fines Andhra Pradesh govt Rs 100 crore over failure to stop sand mining

The green panel said it is the duty of the government to provide complete protection to the natural resources as a trustee of the public at large

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The tribunal directed the state government to deposit Rs 100 crore 'environment compensation' with the Central Pollution Control Board within a month

The Green Tribunal has slapped an interim penalty of Rs 100 crore on the government for inaction to prevent in the state.

A bench, headed by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, directed the of to forthwith prohibit all

The green panel said it is the duty of the government to provide complete protection to the natural resources as a of the public at large.

"Moreover, even a policy to give free sand as welfare measure cannot justify unmindful of impact on environment. If in the course of mining, damage is caused, the same must be recovered from such violators. Authorities cannot avoid their duty under the to restore the damage which is a duty to future generations," the bench said, in a recent order.

The tribunal directed the to deposit Rs 100 crore 'environment compensation' with the within a month.

It also constituted a committee comprising Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment, (MoEF&CC), Institute of Mines, Dhanbad, to undertake environment damage assessment within three months and furnish a report to this Tribunal.

"The may also prepare a report about the particulars of the licences granted for in the whole state of and estimated amount of sand extracted," the tribunal said.

The tribunal's direction came on a plea filed by Andhra Pradesh resident Anumolu Gandhi, alleging was causing damage to Krishna, and their tributaries in the state.

First Published: Sun, April 07 2019. 16:20 IST
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