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NGT seeks Centre, UP govt response on petition alleging Illegal sand mining in Ken, Betwa rivers

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today sought responses from the Centre and the over a plea alleging illegal sand in Ken and Betwa rivers in four districts of

A bench, headed by acting NGT Justice Jawad Rahim, issued notices to the Union Ministry, UP government, state board, Impact Assessment Authority and others while seeking their replies in two weeks.

The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Hamirpur resident alleging in Ken and Betwa rivers in the districts of Banda, Hamirpur, Jalaun and Jhansi in in violation of the conditions prescribed in the environmental clearance (EC) as well as the lease deed.

The plea contended that although the people involved in have started obtaining permissions, the situation on the ground has not changed, as the project proponents are not complying with the conditions of the EC and the concerned authorities were not taking any action against any of the violators.

"One of the respondents is violating the conditions prescribed under the EC by carrying out in using (pockland) and conducting mining operations even during night hours which is strictly prohibited as per the conditions of the EC," the plea said.

Yadav, in his plea filed through advocates and Meera Gopal, has sought directions to the UP Impact Assessment Authority to withdraw the EC granted to the private parties, named in the petition, for failure to comply with the EC conditions.

"Impose heavy penalty under polluter pays principle and as per Section 15 of the Act, 2010, on the respondents for causing adverse and irreversible damage to the river environment and ecology," the plea said.

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First Published: Tue, May 08 2018. 15:35 IST