Ganderbal: Illegal extraction of sand and boulders from Nallah Sindh at different places in Kangan area of Ganderbal district goes unabated while the concerned authorities allow the process without any regulation.
Sources said that some people are extracting sand, bajri and boulders illegally from Sindh nullah due to which the protection walls constructed on the banks of the rivulet are getting ruined.
The most affected area is between Surfraw to Sumbal where the stone and sand is being extracted from the streams, a Sumbal resident said.
Locals alleged that there is nexus between the officials of the departments of fisheries, geology and mining and the irrigation and flood control with the individuals and firms involved in illegal extraction and transportation of sand.
The sand extractors run tippers and tractors and number of labourers could be seen extracting sand from the river in broad daylight. The unabated practice of sand extraction is posing a major threat to trout fish production in the rivulet with gushing waters.
The concerned departments, however, blamed law enforcement agencies for the mess. The police and the district administration have to take action and stop illegal mining, especially the police, to control extraction of minerals by unauthorised people.
There have been instances when our employees were attacked while they were trying to prevent extraction, an official of the geology and mining department said.
Assistant director fisheries, Abdul Ahad Dar said that no one will be allowed to carry any such illegal activity. He further said that other concerned departments who have a crucial role to play do not employ efforts to stop sand extraction.
Sub district magistrate (SDM) Kangan said we will look into the matter and strict action would be taken this time against the illegal sand extractors.