CUTTACK: The alleged unlawful stone quarrying at Satadhangudi hill in Sanakhemundi tehsil of Ganjam district has come beneath the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal (NGT) scanner. An knowledgeable committee constituted on Friday has been requested to submit its report inside 4 weeks.
The committee consists of senior scientists from Odisha State Air pollution Management Board, State Surroundings Impression Evaluation Authority (SEIAA), Built-in Regional Workplace of Ministry of Surroundings Forest and Local weather Change, and Ganjam Collector.
Satrughana Jena, a resident of the close by space, had alleged that the unlawful quarrying is being carried out inside 5 km radius of Lakhari Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The unlawful stone mining operations are being carried out inside 500 metre of residential homes.
Unlawful and uncontrolled blasting for stone mining over the previous 4 to 5 years had resulted in damages/cracks to the homes at Patigudan village, the petition alleged. The NGT’s east zone bench in Kolkata felt the matter requires consideration.
The bench of B Amit Sthalekar (Judicial Member) and Saibal Dasgupta (Skilled Member) stated, “The committee will assess the environmental degradation brought on on account of unlawful stone mining and loss brought on to the federal government exchequer and in addition calculate the environmental compensation, if violation is present in each the mines”.
“The committee will even document whether or not the alleged unlawful mining is throughout the eco-sensitive zone of the sanctuary,” the bench directed whereas posting the matter to August 9.