NGT seeks report over ‘illegal sand mining’ in Ghaziabad
Following a plea alleging illegal sand mining in Ghaziabad by a private firm, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sought a report from a joint committee comprising representatives from various agencies under the Uttar Pradesh government.
“We may observe that if such illegal mining is indeed being carried out, it would be in direct violation of [previous] orders of the tribunal, making all those involved in the illegal mining as well as the regulatory authorities concerned liable for appropriate disciplinary action for failure to perform their duties,” said a Bench headed by NGT judicial member S.P. Wangdi.
The NGT constituted a committee comprising representatives of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board, State Environment Impact Assessment Authority, District Magistrate and District Mining Officer of Ghaziabad.