Guarantee sand mining actions don’t harm atmosphere: HC to Punjab
Chandigarh, January 11
The Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket has requested the State of Punjab to strictly make sure that the sand mining exercise undertaken by it didn’t harm the atmosphere or the rivers “in query”.
The State has additionally been directed to take all steps to guard the groundwater and the atmosphere. Instructions have additionally been issued to the State to undertake “rehabilitation measures”.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli additionally directed the State and the State Degree Setting Influence Evaluation Authority (SEIAA) to furnish reviews on the way of commencing and enterprise the sand mining actions at Pathankot, Rupnagar and Fazilka.
The Bench additionally fastened the matter for January 23 for additional listening to. It would now be heard together with a petition already filed in public curiosity within the matter. The instructions got here because the Bench permitted the State, as an interim measure, to undertake sand mining operations “when it comes to and strictly in accordance with the situations said by the SEIAA in its order dated December 30, 2022,” at Rupnagar, Fazilka and Pathankot.
The Bench additionally excluded from the ambit of its permission the realm in and throughout the Ravi river in Pathankot district adjoining to the worldwide border with Pakistan because the mining actions in that space had already been stayed by the Court docket vide order dated August 29, 2022 in CWP 22567 of 2012.