Anantnag Feb23:- Despite the J&K government banning illegal extraction of stones, boulders and sand from rivers and streams of the State, the practice to be going unabated in Lalan Ganoor and Gundijafar in south Kashmir district. Reports said that heavy extraction of sand and boulders is being done in Lalan Gundijafar Sadoora of district Anantnag. While the Deputy Commissioner Anantnag vide order No. 10750-69/DMA Dated 28-01-had ordered a complete halt on illegal extraction of stones, boulders and sand from the streams, the directives seem to have failed from being implemented on ground.Our sources informed us that the flood control department and the Fishries Department despite fining the illegal extractors had failed to prevent this menace.fined. The illegal extraction of sand and boulders, according to residents, is causing damage to our agricultural land as the water level in the stream is decreasing. Some years back, there were dozens of springs and streams flowing through this area. But today the water level is decreasing even in Nalla Bringi due to the illegal extraction of sand and boulders. Today we are forced to fetch water from far off places. a delegation of residents from Gundijaffer lalan Manghal area told KO. The stream banks appear like a bus stand due to the presence of the huge number of tippers and dozers. We are surprised that the district administration is not looking into the issue, they said. Meanwhile a resident of kamad Gh Mohiuddin Hajam told Kashmir observer that the business of extraction of boulders and sand in nallas has badly affected the nearby agricultural fields.. However We tried to contact the Deputy Commissioner of Anantnag but his phone was switched off.
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