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Green Tribunal bans beach sand mining in coastal States

Chief Secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Kerala asked to file report

The National Green Tribunal has decided to set up an expert committee to carry out orders it may pass in future and to prepare a comprehensive report on illegal sand mining.

The committee will carry out comprehensive zoning and mapping to delineate areas where mining could be permitted and to what extent.

Hearing a case filed by the NGT Bar Association, the Tribunal on Wednesday banned beach sand mining in the coastal States, citing specific instances in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The NGT Bench ordered the Chief Secretaries of the two States to file a report on the issue.

In the case in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, the Bench headed by Tribunal Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar noted that illegal mining continued despite earlier court orders and asked the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police to show cause why action should not be taken against them for letting the practice to continue.

Appeal to public

The Tribunal, besides asking the States to file detailed reports in two weeks, asked members of the public to provide it more information on illegal sand mining.

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