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Directives issued to end illegal mining on Ganga in Haridwar
The additional secretary and Director General of National Mission for Clean Ganga has issued a letter to officials in the Ministries concerned and the Central Pollution Control Board to initiate legal action in the case of non-compliance of directions issued regarding mining in the Ganga riverbed in Haridwar.
Following this letter issued on Monday, Swami Shivananda of Matri Sadan has ended his protest fast against illegal mining on the Ganga in Haridwar.
According to information available the NMCG director general UP Singh wrote to the secretaries of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change and the chairman of the CPCB. He wrote that representations had been received from Matri Sadan periodically about illegal mining in the Ganga riverbed.
In the past, the CPCB chairman had been requested to issue necessary directions under section V of the Environment (Protection) Act, which were issued on December 6, 2016 to the principal secretary (industrial development), Uttarakhand, Haridwar district magistrate and the Haridwar senior superintendent of police. Singh stated that recently a representation was received on May 22 addressed to the Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation alleging that the section V directions had been ignored and that illegal mining was continuing in the said area.
The letter informs that a request has been made to the CPCB chairman to initiate criminal proceedings for non compliance of directions issued earlier. The secretaries of the ministries have also been asked to take necessary action to ensure compliance of the directions under section V of the Environment (Protection) Act. Criminal action may please be initiated for non compliance of the orders, added Singh.
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