Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding illegal mining along Song River, Suswa River and Jakhan River at Doiwala, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand, 24/01/2019
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Birendra Kumar Pegwal Vs State of Uttarakhand dated 24/01/2019 regarding illegal mining along Song River, Suswa River and Jakhan River at Doiwala, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The report submitted by a Joint Committee of State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) and the District Collector, Dehradun shows that mining is being carried out through two Government agencies i.e. Uttarakhand Forest Development Corporation (UFDC) and Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (GMVN). However, the said two agencies have further hired contractors. It is also stated that process of Environmental Clearance is pending and illegal mining is being regulated by GMVN. It is mentioned that during 2018-19, 146 matters of illegal mining, storage and transportation were found.
NGT asks Uttarakhand SPCB to furnish the criteria being followed in assessing the compensation for damage to the environment.