File Corrective Action Affidavit, Ngt To Hp Chief Secy | News from Shimla

Shimla: On the issue of remedies against the extensive, unscientific and unregulated illegal mining of Som Bhadra River (Swan River) in Una District, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered the Chief Secretary , Himachal Pradesh, to file his personal affidavit based on responsible verification of compliance status as of July 31, before the next court date which is August 24.
The court said the status report filed on behalf of the state said an oversight mechanism had been put in place without showing how it worked on the ground. He further stated that no adverse action was recommended, which could mean that no violations are found, which is difficult to accept in light of past experience and even the current State report. Pollution Control Board (PCB) showing violations.
The main bench of the court headed by its presiding judge, Judge Adarsh ​​Kumar Goel, in its order issued on Wednesday said that other reports had been filed by the state PCB and the state, which are also disappointing than previous state actions.
The court said the PCB report is that Thakur Stone Crusher, Unit-I, VPO, was found operating without consent and without a valid source of mined material for which compensation of Rs 68,750 was levied. “Nobody knows the basis of such a calculation. The financial capacity of the offender, the extent of the violation, the cost of restoration are not mentioned,” he said.
Referring to the report, the order further states that it is further stated that the pollution control devices of four stone crushing units were found non-functional for which a total compensation of Rs 6,75,000 was assessed. The order said this figure is also arbitrary without reference to the relevant data.
The court said it is clear that the state CCP did not take a responsible approach in acting against the violations. He said that if the stone crusher was operating without a permit or without the required pollution control devices, deterrent action was warranted given its affordability, the extent of the damage and the cost of restoration. In light of the above, the state’s PCB attorney stated that the matter would be reviewed and a new report would be filed.
The Tribunal considered the issue of large-scale illegal mining in the light of a five-member independent panel it appointed, headed by Justice Jasbir Singh, a former judge of the Punjab High Court and the ‘Haryana, and comprising regional officers from CPCB, MoEF&CC, Central Soil and Water Conversation Research Institute, Dehradun, and Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla.
The committee had found extensive unregulated mining amounting to plunder of state resources to the extent of more than Rs 100 crore and failure of the regulatory mechanism to verify serious and persistent violations.

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