Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding mechanical mining in river or flood plain, Karnataka, 20/08/2018

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Sarvabhoum Bagali Vs. State of Karnataka & Others dated 20/08/2018. The grievance in this application is the order of State of Karnataka dated 18.11.2016 under the provisions of Karnataka Minor Mineral Concession Rule, 1994 permitting use of JCB for sand mining and permitting instream sand mining at the base of the river is in conflict with the Sustainable Sand Mining Management Guidelines, 2016 issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC). The MoEF&CC guidelines permit sand mining manually and no in-stream mining is allowed. The mining has to be as per Mining Plan.

NGT disposes of the Application as there is "absence of any material to show that mechanical or in-stream mining is actually taking place".