Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding illegal mining, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, 11/05/2022

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Daljeet Singh & Others Vs Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board & Others dated 11/05/2022.

The matter is related to illegal mining in Saharanpur and Shamli, Uttar Pradesh. Counsel for the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board has said that illegal mining has been stopped and further action would be taken in accordance with law.

The NGT directed the state PCB and the District Magistrate to take further action of not permitting mining without requisite consents and assessing and recovering compensation as per law. Apart from recovering value of the mined material as compensation, for violation of the Water Act 1974 and the Air Act, 1981, compensation has to be in addition having regard to the cost of restoration of damage and the paying capacity of the project proponent. Compensation be also to be assessed for illegal extraction of ground water and this exercise must be completed by the state PCB within three months.