Over 30 sand ghats auctioned in Maharashtra’s Akola district violating MoEF norm

Over 30 sand ghats auctioned in Maharashtra’s Akola district violating MoEF norm
07/05/2018 , by , in ALLIED

The Akola districtcollectorate’s decision to auction 34 sand ghats without a mandatory district survey report (DSR) has come in for a sharp criticism from local wildlife lovers and environmentalists.

The 34 sand ghats out of the total 45 were e-auctioned for a royalty of Rs4.85 crore in March without the DSR, which is an important initial step before permitting sand mining and granting environment clearance.

According to Akot-based Manish Jeswani, an environment & wildlife lawyer, Supreme Court in 2012 had made it mandatory to seek environment clearance even for leases below 5 hectare and emphasized on systematic and environmentally sound mining activities.

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