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‘Green signal’ to 560 villages for undertaking excavation


192 villages of total 752 revenue generating villages are covered under the Eco Sensitive Zone

sandminingSindhunagari: 192 villages of total 752 revenue generating villages are covered under Eco Sensitive Zone. The district administration has started the process of giving approval to the excavation work of secondary minerals in 560 villages apart from those affected. E Ravindran, a District officer of Sindhudurg corroborated it during a press conference conducted on Democracy Day.

According to the letter issued by Central Environment Department on 17th November 2013, 192 villages in Western ranges area are confirmed under Eco Sensitive Zone; excavation for secondary minerals will be prohibited in this area according to the reports of Dr Kasturiranjan Committee which was appointed by Central Environment Department.

As per the report, no villages in Malvan and Vengurle taluka comes under this zone. District administration had started the licensing process for excavation in Malvan and Vengurle but this letter issued on 17th November, makes all rests of the villages available to undertake this work.

192 villages in five talukas Kudal (48), Kankavali (39), Vaibhavwadi (34), Devgadh (21) and Sawantwadi (50) are counted under Eco Sensitive Zone. The licensing process for excavation of secondary minerals has started excluding these villages.

The process of e-auction of the sand found in creek basins is already going on where the process of e-auction for sand found in river basin will start shortly. The sanction for the work within five hectors will be given on district level but all the proposals must be approved by state level environment analyst committee; district administration will not indulge into the process till then.

Consolation to secondary mineral traders

The business of secondary minerals like sand, gravels etc is widespread in a district. Other things like transport, human resource and construction are highly dependent on them which were affected for last two years due to Eco Sensitive Zone. All those involved with these businesses are comforted by this decision.

No orders to the police

The revenue department has not issued any orders to Police for taking action against trucks and dumpers transporting secondary minerals. But the orders are to undertake the action only with the help of police. The administration has also taken serious heed of the incidence where secondary mineral traders threatened the Tehsildar of Kudal. A detail report of the incidence is demanded and police action will be taken on the culprits, informed E Ravindran, the District Officer.

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