DDC B’pora for scientific, sustainable extraction of minerals

BANDIPORA: District Development Commissioner (DDC), Bandipora, Ravinder Kumar Tuesday chaired a meeting to grant short term permits to the Department of Geology and Mining for mining purposes, to meet the demands for undergoing developmental projects in the district.
The meeting discussed issues with regard to the short term permission to be granted to the department of Geology of Mining for extraction of construction material from different streams and rivers of the district to meet the demand in different ongoing developmental projects in the district.
During the meeting concerned officials from Department of Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC), Department of Fisheries and Pollution Control Board (PCB) put forth their condition with regard to the extraction and urged that the eco-system of the water bodies should not get disturbed due to extraction besides taking care of the embankments of the water bodies to avoid flooding situation.
Speaking on the occasion, DDC stressed on adopting modern scientific approach for extraction of minerals so that the Eco-system of the river is not affected due to extraction so as to make the process sustainable.
He said the short term permission may be granted to ensure early extraction of minerals so that the government works are not affected owing to the shortage of raw material however he directed the Department of Geology and Mining to strictly follow the guidelines and taken care of all the technical suggestions given by department of Fisheries and Irrigation and Flood Control besides following other guidelines.
Kumar said the unscientific excavation may have adverse impact on ecosystem of water bodies and need of the hour is to extract mineral in sustainable and scientific manner, he also impressed upon the concerned to work proactively to protect water bodies from illegal and unscientific excavation.
Among others the meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Assistant Commissioner Development, Sub-Divisional Magistrate Sumbal, DFO Bandipora, Executive Engineer’s of PHE and R&B, Executive Officers of Municipal Committees of Bandipora and Sumbal, representatives of NHPC and GREF besides other senior officers of the district.

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