Thursday 31 July 2014

Author(s): M Suchitra

Sand slips

Where there is a river, there is sand. Called a minor mineral, it fulfils a major requirement of the booming construction industry. No wonder, many senior bureaucrats and politicians in power are hand-in-glove with local contractors to make huge gains from illegal sand mining. Even as the exchequer suffers, little attention is given to the long-lasting scars sand mining leaves on ecology. Communities fight on the river banks and in courts to keep sand reserves from getting exhausted. Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava travelled to Madhya Pradesh, Anupam Chakravartty to Punjab, M Suchitra to Andhra Pradesh and Ashwin Aghor to Karnataka to examine the murky business of sand mining

Sand slips

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  • The following steps can be

    The following steps can be taken to to control the indiscriminate sand mining:

    1. Mining should be done manually.

    2. In-stream mining should be prohibited It means mining in the bed of the river and only flood plain mining should be permitted.

    3 There should be stock yard only by Govt.

    4. There should be no private raising or loading contractor

    5 There should be a independent committee headed by a Retired High Court Judge to monitor sand mining as suggested by the High Level Committee Constituted by Tamilnadu Govt in 2003 and by the Judgment in Thamarabarani case in the year 2010 by justice Banumathi, who is now recommended for elevation to Supreme court.

    6 There should be a independent State and National Regulator to monitor the conditions stated in the EC. as directed by the Supreme Court in Feb' 2014, and this is yet to be constituted.

    7 There should be a cap on the amount of sand quarried like in the case of Iron ore. this cap for iron ore has been recently fixed by the Supreme Court for Goa.

    8 The permanent bench marks should be fixed before sand mining is permitted as suggested by the Division bench.

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