Keeping in view the monsoon season, the Darjeeling district administration has banned mining operations in all forms like lifting, loading and transportation of sand or stones from riverbeds until further orders. In a notice issued by her recently, district magistrate Deepap Priya P said that all mining lease holders of the district are already aware of the terms of the sustainable sand mining management guidelines, 2016 of the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF) and Climate change (CC), government of India. In West Bengal, the normal date of the monsoon arrival is 8 June.
“The sustainable sand mining management guidelines-2016 aims to promote sustainable sand extraction, and these guidelines released by the Union ministry of environment and forests lays emphasis on monitoring of the mined out material, which is key to the success of environment management plan. It has suggested tapping alternative sources of sand and gravel.
Upon such call, all the lease holders are hereby barred from all types of miming operations until further notice. Further, Sub Divisional Land and Land Reforms Officers (LRO) and Block Land and LRO concerned are hereby requested to conduct random raids and enforcement programmes at various strategic locations under their jurisdiction,” Dr Priya P said in the notice.
“In this respect, the authorities concerned shall also submit regular reports about such enforcement on a daily basis through an e-mail to the Additional District Magistrate and District Land and LROs, Darjeeling. This order shall come into immediate effect until further notice,” she added.