Berhampur, June 13 (LocalWire): In an effort to tighten the noose over illegal mining of minor minerals in Ganjam, the district administration has decided to suspend the registration of vehicles involved in the illegal trade.
District collector Vijay Amruta Kulange has asked the tehsildars to send a list of such vehicles to the administration for suspension of their registration number.
The decision of the district collector comes in the backdrop of the crackdown on the smuggling in the region during which a large number of trucks and tractors carrying the minor minerals were impounded and FIR registered against the owners
The same vehicles after they are released are usually involved in smuggling activities again.
Illegal sand and stone mining has led to the loss of revenue in the district while causing environmental damages and leading to law and order problem at times.
Confirming the order, regional transport officer SK Biswal said that the district collector has the power to suspend the registration of a vehicle from one to three months.
He also informed that his office would be initiating action to suspend the registration of the impounded vehicles after receiving the formal list from the tehsildars.
Sand from the riverbeds of Bahuda and Rushikulya in different tehsil limits in the district is being illegally transported to several parts of the district and neighboring Andhra Pradesh, sources said.
According to additional district magistrate (ADM) Laxmikant Sethi, the local administration has allowed 438 sources across the district for mining of minor minerals, including sand, and stone and a five-year lease has been granted for these.
However, only 227 mining sources are in the operational stage since environmental clearance for 210 sources is pending at the regional office of the state pollution control board.