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NGT orders action against illegal mining in Haryana's Mahendragarh district

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has directed the of district in to take action against in the area following a plea alleging unauthorised extraction of minor minerals.

A bench headed by NGT Justice asked the to constitute a joint team of officers from the state's and forest department, board and

The green panel ordered the to submit the report on the issue within a month.

"If any illegality is found, respondent no 7 (Deputy Commissioner) may take appropriate action and such action taken may also be mentioned in the report sent to this tribunal. The Applicant is directed to furnish a set of papers to respondent no. 7 within one week," the bench said while posting the matter for February 25.

The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by native Lakhi Ram seeking stopping of illegal sand and gravel at Nangal Choudhary in district and also for closure of screening plants/stone crushers within 1 km from the periphery of the habitation in villages in the said block.

According to the applicant, the mining and felling of trees are taking place in bed in villages Datal, Dostpur and Bhedanti.

"Groundwater is being illegally extracted for purposes other than drinking. Even though the area is critical in terms of the availability of the ground water, the extraction of water is taking place for washing purposes," the plea said.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 17:20 IST