Col­lec­tor starts ac­tion against sand dredgers at Thane creek

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Fol­low­ing the foot­steps of his pre­ceder, the new Thane col­lec­tor too has ini­ti­ated a ma­jor drive against the il­le­gal sand dredg­ing on Wed­nes­day.

The district author­ity seized dredg­ing ma­te­rial of over Rs 2 crore and col­lected a fine of over Rs10 lakh.

Col­lec­tor Ma­hen­dra Kalyankar on Wed­nes­day ini­ti­ated his first ma­jor drive against the dredgers.

District in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Anirudha Ash­ta­pure said: “The drive started early morn­ing at Mum­bra Reti­bun­der, Ganeshghat, Ghod­bun­der Road and Mira Bhayan­der. The district has seized ve­hi­cles, suc­tion pumps and boats worth over Rs2 crore. We have also reg­is­tered crim­i­nal cases against three of­fend­ers. Our em­ploy­ees en­tered two to three kilo­me­tres in­side the creek to seize barges and boats.”

There are five ports in Thane and three in Kalyan. The district em­ploy­ees had kept a close watch on all these ports.

“The mo­ment we got in­for­ma­tion on il­le­gal dredg­ing, we raided them. We seized six barges and 11 suc­tion pumps at Mum­bra Reti­bun­der. Some of­fend­ers threw three suc­tion pumps into the water, locked two barges and ran away,” Ash­ta­pu­tre added.

The author­ity has seized two suc­tion pumps and 14 ve­hi­cles in Motha­gaon Kalyan and also im­posed a fine of Rs4 lakh on the own­ers.

The au­thor­i­ties have reg­is­tered a case against Satish Shedge in Khadak­pada po­lice sta­tion in Kalyan.

Apart from this, cases were also reg­is­tered against two un­known per­sons.

The au­thor­i­ties seized 19 sand and peb­ble trucks from Mira Bhayan­der, com­ing from Pal­ghar and Gu­jarat and col­lected a fine of Rs6 lakh.

PRAFUL GANGURDE

Of­fi­cials at the drive against sand dredgers on Wed­nes­day.

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