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Sharma demands lifting of ban on extraction of minor minerals
10/13/2021 11:04:22 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Oct 13: Adv. Chander Mohan Sharma, Senior BJP leader and Incharge Namami Gange Projects (J&K UT) demanded lifting of ban on extraction of minor minerals from river bed of Tawi in Jammu region.
Adv. Chander Mohan Sharma accompanied by BJP J&K Media Incharge Dr. Pardeep Mahotra, Department Co-Incharges Surinder Sharma and Balwinder Singh, Policy & Research Department Co-Incharge Dr. Makson Tickoo at BJP headquarter Trikuta Nagar, Jammu. Sharma said that Tawi River is the only source of availability of minor minerals for construction activities but blanket ban on extraction of these from the river has resulted into crushing of boulders and rocks by JCBs in the hilly areas of the region resulting into shaking and weakening of hillocks making these more prone to land erosions and sliding thus putting the human lives into danger. The onus of mineral extraction in a scientific, regulated and ecological manner lies on the Mining department and the certain pockets of environmental importance and pillars/base areas of vital infrastructure like bridges of Tawi and other are to be protected and extractions in the rest of river beds are to be carried in a regulated manner. The Government should therefore, pursue the case before the Hon'ble High Court in a proper and vigorous manner to convince the court by clearing the facts and fears. The issue should not be left to a routine and lethargy approach as the blanket ban is highly detrimental to the river ecosystem, development work, employment and public interest. The concerned departments are taking shelter of some court order without striving for a legal solution for the benefit of poor people.
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