`3.05cr fine for il­le­gal sand min­ers

MIN­ING MEN­ACE 81 il­le­gal sand min­ing sites in the city raided by Pan­vel tehsil­dar of­fi­cials in 2015-16

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Even as the city po­lice and the tehshildar of­fi­cials claim to take ev­ery pos­si­ble to steps to stop il­le­gal sand min­ing in Navi Mum­bai, sev­eral groups are still con­tin­u­ing with such op­er­a­tions along the creeks.

The sta­tis­tics re­vealed by the Pan­vel tehshildar of­fi­cials on Thurs­day are self-ev­i­dent. In 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year they raided as many as 81 such il­le­gal sand min­ing sites in the city and ar­rested 28 people.

They col­lected a to­tal of Rs3.05 crore as fine from the vi­o­la­tors dur­ing this ten­ure.

Apart from that, ve­hi­cles, suc­tion ma­chines and other equip­ments worth around Rs 4 crores were also seized from the sand min­ing sites, a se­nior of­fi­cer said. In the lat­est in­ci­dent, they seized two trucks loaded with sand com­ing from an il­le­gal min­ing site in New Pan­vel and levied fine of Rs14,800 last week.

“As soon as we learn about il­le­gal min­ing at nay part of the city, out teams raid that place and size all the goods they find on the spot. We im­me­di­ately file a first in­for­ma­tion re­ports (FIR) with the lo­cal po­lice and im­pose a fine on the cul­prits de­pend­ing on the scale of vi­o­la­tions. In the past fi­nan­cial year our col­lec­tion of fine from the vi­o­la­tors was 100%,” said Pan­vel tehshildar, Deepak Akade.

Ac­cord­ing to Akade, Kharghar, New Pan­vel, Ulwe, Ganesh­pada and cer­tain ar­eas of Uran are worst af­fected when it comes to il­le­gal sand min­ing.

“The cul­prits in­crease their op­er­a­tions be­tween De­cem­ber and March ev­ery year as they find the weather suit­able for their pur­pose. Sev­eral gangs also op­er­ate at night tak­ing ad­van­tage of dark­ness,” an­other of­fi­cial said. “The main cul­prits, who de­ploy labour­ers for dredg­ing sand, are mostly out­siders and they never come to the spot. Nor­mally they hire labour­ers who do not have much idea about the city,” he said.

Mi­grated Bangladeshis seem to be their first pref­er­ence as they are ready to work for lower wages com­pared to the In­dian labour­ers, he added.

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