Srinagar– The Executive Engineer, Flood Spill Channel Division Narbal in a letter vide FSCDN/CS/5032-36 on 3rd September 2022 had requested the concerned District Mineral Officer, Budgam to take steps to stop extraction of RBM in the block no 11.
The letter came after there were reports that there is illegal mining going on contrary to the mining rules in the Mineral Block 11 from Old bridge Chadoora to Hanjigund.
“Regarding the subject matter and as reported by the concerned Assistant Executive Engineer, the Executing Agency of Block no 11 is violating the environment clearance of the said block by way of extraction of RBM during night hours and beyond approved one meter depth” the letter reads, a copy of which lies with Kashmir Observer.
“Furthermore the approved quality has been lifted by the agency and there is no scope left for further extraction” the letter further reads.
The letter urged the DMO Budgam to initiate action against illegal mining to avert a possible natural disaster in the locality.
“In this case you are requested to take necessary measures for stopping further extraction of RBM in block no 11, otherwise there is apprehension of sloughing of the embankments/ buffer zone which can prove disaster during high discharge in the Nallah.”
Speaking to Kashmir Observer the District Mineral Officer Budgam Ghulam Din put the ball in Exen’s court saying what is stopping the Executive Engineer taking action against illegal mining.
“The Flood Spill Channel Division is a stake holding department. If the executive engineer finds the mining illegal, what is stopping him from initiating action” Ghulam Din said.
On being asked if he had initiated any action on illegal mining, he hung up the phone.
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