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Meghalaya clamps prohibitory order against illegal quarrying

“Such indiscriminate quarrying along Umtyngar, Sewer areas and along the way to Sohra may lead to landslips along the slopes and will further loosen the soil, thereby posing a risk of further collapse, thus endangering commuters,” District Magistrate, Isawanda Laloo stated in her order.

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Shillong: District authorities in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills on Saturday promulgated an order under Section 144 CrPC prohibiting illegal quarrying in all areas within East Khasi Hills District where such unabated activities are taking place by any individual or party who has not obtained Quarry Permit and Other Clearance Certificates from the Competent Authority.

The order is necessitated in view of the notice received from the Divisional Forest Officer, East Khasi Hills & Ri Bhoi (T) Division, Shillong that illegal stone quarrying and sand mining are taking place at Umtyngar, Sewer areas and all along the way to Sohra and the order of the National Green Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi restrains any person, company or authority to carry out any mining and quarrying activity anywhere in the country without obtaining valid Quarry Permit and other Clearance Certificates prescribed by EIA Notification 2006 of MOEFF & CC, Central Government and as per rules prescribed by Meghalaya Government.

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“Such indiscriminate quarrying along Umtyngar, Sewer areas and along the way to Sohra may lead to landslips along the slopes and will further loosen the soil, thereby posing a risk of further collapse, thus endangering commuters,” District Magistrate, Isawanda Laloo stated in her order.

Laloo said that such indiscriminate illegal quarrying is also taking place in other areas of the district including along the National Highway/State roads/other areas and these activities are in flagrant violation of the provision of the Meghalaya Minor Mineral Concession Rules 2015 (as amended).

Anyone found in violation of the order is liable for prosecution under Section 188 CrPC.

This order will come into force with immediate effect and remain in force till further orders.

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