Himachal govt imposes complete ban on mining in Bangarh area of Una district

North Gazette News/ SHIMLA

The state government on Saturday imposed complete ban on mining in Bangarh area in Una district with immediate effect. A Task Force headed by ADM, Una would be constituted to ensure effective implementation of the ban. This was disclosed by an official spokesman here, today.

The spokesman said that this Task Force would have power to impound and confiscate vehicles involved in illegal mining and impose heavy penalty on offenders. He said that no compounding of any vehicle and machinery involved in mining will be compounded by the duty holders. He said that deputy commissioner, Una has been directed to increase police vigil so as to ensure complete ban on mining activities in Bangarh area.

The spokesman said that the Engineer-in-Chief, Irrigation and Public Health Department had assured that work on Swan project will not be affected by the imposing ban on mining in Bangarh area. He said that Task Force would also ensure that no mining take place in private land without valid permission. He said that the Task Force would visit the spot to take first hand information regarding steps being taken to check mining activities. He said that the Task Force would also review the action taken against the violators.

He said that the Inspector General of Police ( Law and Order) had been directed to provide necessary police force to the Task Force for effective implementation of these orders.

The spokesman said that the Mining Department since April last year had detected 41 cases of illegal mining and Rs. 3.72 lakhs fine had been imposed on the 37 offenders and three cases had been filed in the Court. He said that stock of minerals illegally stacked in the district had been seized by the department and put to auction by a Committee constituted for the purpose. He said that Rs.30.75 lakhs had been realized from the auction.