Sand mining: SC seeks reply from Centre and five States

By Moderator July 26, 2019 10:38


The Supreme Court on July 24 sought a response from the Centre and five States on a plea for a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into rampant illegal beach and river sand mining which was causing severe ecological imbalance, disturbance in water tables and degradation of land.

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  • Five states are Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh


  • Earlier, the petitioner sought directions to the Centre to implement and enforce Sustainable Sand Mining Management Guidelines, 2016, Minor Minerals Conservations and Development Rules, 2010, and the mining plan to be approved under the MMDR Act, 1957.
    • In an earlier verdict, the Supreme Court had held that leases for mining of minor minerals in an area less than five hectare as well as the permissions for the renewal of their contracts would be granted only after fresh environmental impact assessment was done.
  • The petition sought eight directions vide its prayers.
    • The plea said “no Environment Clearance (EC) would be accorded to any sand mining project without a proper Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Management Plan (EMp) and Public Consultation, and appraisal as per the EIA Notification 2006.”
  • The plea also sought direction to the CBI to “register and investigate sand mining scams” mentioned in the petition.
  • The plea said armed miners “run the racket” and cause a loss of thousands of crores of rupees to the public exchequer.
  • It further added, unscientific mining has caused degradation of land, topographical disorder and damage to land use patterns in and around mining regions
  • The petition said there was indiscriminate mining on the river basins of Godavari, Krishna, Penna, Mahanadi, Tungabhadra, Vamsadhara, Nagavali, Bahuda and Mahendratanaya in Andhra Pradesh.


By Moderator July 26, 2019 10:38