Mines Deptt cracks whip on sand mafia

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Nov 2017 13:36:21

Staff Reporter,

And finally, the Mines Department, seeking assistance of police, cracked the whip against persisting illegal excavation and transportation of sand. Three dumpers laden with illegal sand seized by the Mines Department have been handed over to Tilwaraghat police station on Monday. The dumpers, on their way to Jabalpur, were intercepted by the team before the start of Tilwaraghat bridge on the intervening night of Sunday-Monday around 12.30 am.

The joint action carried out by Mines Department and police has caused panic among sand traders involved in illegal transportation of sand. Apparently, excavation of sand from river bank of Narmada has been completely banned by administration. Despite the ban imposed, sand mafia manages to excavate sand from the river bank and sell out to construction sites.

According to information, the Department of Mines had obtained complaint pertaining to illegal excavation of sand from Narmada river bank near Lalpur-Bhidki area. It came to fore that, on an average, 90 dumpers were loaded with sand from the ghat area daily. Acting on the information, a team of Mines Department took position at Chargawa road falling under Tilwaraghat police station. Three dumpers laden with sand beyond the prescribed capacity of the dumper were intercepted by the team. On being asked to show the transport permit, the driver and his subordinate failed to give any convincing answer, making the Mines team to suspect major foul in the illegal transportation of sand. And also the fact that information obtained on illegal excavation and transportation was found correct.

Of the three dumpers, two bore registration number as MP 20 HB 5058 and another MP 20 HB 5233, while the number plate of third dumper was found broken. As the driver failed to produce the mandatory TP, the Mines Department team summarily seized the three dumpers and were brought to Tilwaraghat police station. A case under relevant section of Mines Act has been framed in this connection.

The Department of Mines is deeply troubled to learn about the illegal excavation and transportation of sand being made from river bank of Narmada despite being declared banned. The dumper operators have been issued summons by drivers to clarify the place of loading of sand in the dumpers. The sand found in the dumpers are the ones usually excavated from the river bank of Narmada.

Meanwhile, the action taken by the Mines Department has not only exposed the inability of the department to tighten noose around sand mafia, but also that the directives issued on excavation of sand totally banned has also been exposed in the raid conducted. Besides, the non-attentive stance of police to check illegal transportation too has been exposed. The Department of Mines has sought help from RTO to get credentials of the dumper owners seized by the team.