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Odisha sug­gests uni­form cod­ing to check il­le­gal sand min­ing

- JAYAJIT DASH Bhubaneswa­r, 17 June

“Il­le­gal sand min­ing is ram­pant in some states. We have pro­posed to the Union min­istry that a cod­ing sys­tem be in­tro­duced so that all states pre­vent in­ter­state move­ment of ma­te­rial ex­ca­vated through il­le­gal min­ing,” an Odisha govern­ment of­fi­cial has said.

States like Jhark­hand, Pun­jab and Kar­nataka are also grap­pling with this prob­lem. Jhark­hand govern­ment says that the prob­lem needs to be tack­led by the central govern­ment. Though Pun­jab has started e-auc­tion of sand mines and col­lected ~170.28 crore as rev­enue, the il­le­gal­i­ties with sand min­ing still per­sist. E-auc­tions of sand mines is also also be­ing con­ducted in Mad­hya Pradesh govern­ment. The state has so far re­alised a rev­enue of ~1,500 crore from the auc­tion.

In Kar­nataka, sand avail­abil­ity is a big is­sue be­cause of unchecked min­ing. The state govern­ment is in favour of con­sti­tut­ing a central com­mit­tee to mon­i­tor the il­le­gal min­ing of sand. In Ch­hat­tis­garh, grants of sand min­ing have been del­e­gated to the pan­chayat or the lo­cal body.

Ac­cord­ing to UN, il­le­gal sand min­ing con­trib­utes to land ero­sion, com­pro­mises wa­ter se­cu­rity and af­fects the cli­mate. It also threat­ens the ex­is­tence of over 70 per cent of the world’s beaches.

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