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JAMMU: Claiming that Doda administration is hand in glove with mining and stone-crusher mafia, Adv Nisar A Gattoo alleged that administration is not taking any action against mafia. While addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Gatto said that he has been raising various issues of public importance from time to time and has been vigorously highlighting illegal running of more than 15 stone crushers in District Doda right from Assar to Gandho Bhelessa, particularly on banks of river Chenab and more specifically on Doda-Babore road via Ghat where huge environmental degradation is going on by illegal mining in broad daylight by these stone crushers.“The illegal stone crushers are running without seeking any permission/requisite license from licensing authority viz Director Geology and mining. When I made a representation to Director Geology and Mining seeking copies of licenses, the officer said that all these crushers are running without licenses which prompted me to file a PIL in High Court at Jammu wherein an order was issued on October 31, 2018 directing Deputy Commissioner Doda to verify present status stone crushers, particulars about 12 stone crushers in case they are found running in violation of rules and then appropriate action be initiated against them,” Gattoo asserted.He claimed that DC Doda, pursuant to court orders, filed an affidavit in the High Court wherein he confirmed that 10 number of stone crushers are functioning illegally and have been closed/locked on the spot and only two stone crushers i.e., M/s Aditya Stone Crusher, Village Jangalwar, Tehsil Thathri and M/s Neeru Stone Crusher, Village Bhella (Kahara), Tehsil Thathri have been found functioning as per norms. “It is unfortunate that six stone crushers were found functioning on River Bed of Chenab on Pul Doda-Ghat Babore and stone crushers are running even on date despite filing of an affidavit in High Court that aforesaid stone crushers have been closed/locked,” he added.“The owners/proprietors of aforesaid stone crushers are highly influential personalities of Doda District and have links in the office of Deputy Commissioner Doda and the closure/locking was done only on papers which is substantiated from a communication No.443-47/OQ dated August 24, 2020 from Tehsildar Doda to District Mineral Officer (Geology and Mining Department) Doda and SHO Police Station Doda wherein astonishing revelations have been made as to how the aforersaid stone crushers are operating taking advantage of night time and extracting minor minerals,” he alleged.“I am sure that there is a strong nexus between owners/Mining Mafia and District Administration Doda who are hell bent to destroy ecology of the area and are ensuring environmental vandalism in eco-fragile area. The District Administration Doda, for unknown reasons, has maintained a criminal silence for all these illegalities solely to shield mining mafia with ulterior motives. I, on behalf of entire population of Doda District and all lovers of environment/ecology appeal to the Lieutenant Governor J&K to ensure a transparent high level probe into illegal running of the stone crushers in eco-fragile area in Doda District and the responsibility be fixed qua the officers/officials of District Administration Doda and both criminal/departmental action be initiated against the erring officers/officials found involved in the mess,” he maintained.
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