Meghalaya Government can’t stop sand-mining Mafia?

TURA: – Sand mining mafia doesn’t exist only in Uttar Pradesh. Illegal sand mining is very much a reality in Meghalaya, especially in the West Garo Hills. Some citizens have been petitioning the state government to act fast and quickly to stop this, but it seems that the local administration has no teeth to enforce the ban on illegal sand mining.

Sand mining has many devastating traits. For one, it destroys the river beds, changes the course of the river, causes banks to flood as well as washes away houses that lie near its path. As such the ban on sand mining has generally been welcomed by all.

However, even after the blanket ban on sand mining, the trade is flourishing in parts of West Garo Hills, especially in Damalggre and Chibbinang, albeit illegally.

Although a ban on sand mining was in place even before the Supreme Court ban as stated by the DC of West Garo Hills Pravin Bakshi, the implementation had run into some problems. The Chibinang area, beside the Ringgi river, has been very badly affected by the amount of sand mining carried out by some residents of the area. Some villagers confirmed that the exercise was being carried out by taking the consent of the whole village, yet the people whose houses were by the river banks were discounted.

Bappun Sangma of the FKJGP Phulbari Circle said it has been fighting the sand mining trends in the area. He said the sand mining  has been going on for a very long time and no one was’ doing anything about it’.

[This citizen report was filed by S, Debbarma]

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