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Panaji: Chief Secretary Parimal Rai today held a high-level meeting with regards to measures to be initiated to crackdown on illegal sand mining activities in the State.
Chief Secretary instructed all the Officers to comply with the directions of the High Court in the matter of Writ Petition No. 14 of 2018, wherein it has asked government to file FIR against those involved in illegal sand mining.
Chief Secretary gave various directives to Line Departments to address the issue on illegal extraction of sand.
The meeting was attended by Collectors (North and South), the Superintendent of Police (North and South), Superintendent of Police (Coastal), Director of Mines and Geology, Director of Environment, Director of Information and Publicity, Director of Transport and Deputy Director of Captain of Ports.
He further directed all the concerned Departments to ensure strict vigil on the areas where sands is extracted illegally and on the route which are transporting illegally extracted sand. He has also instructed the Police Department to have frequent random checks in the notorious areas.
He further instructed that the illegally extracted sand which is stacked on the river banks should be put back in the river as per directives of the Hon’ble High Court and PWD to render all help and assistance with regards to earthmovers/excavators to the police and Flying Squad as and when required for the purpose. All the Line Departments are being directed to submit fortnightly report on action taken to Chief Secretary through Directorate of Mines and Geology.
The control room/ help line numbers for lodging complaints pertaining to extraction and /or transportation of sand/ minor minerals are 0832-2225383/2225083 for North Goa District and 0832-2794100 for South Goa District. Complaints can also be lodged on emergency no. 100.
Transport Department is also directed to initiate simultaneous and independent action against the trucks and other machineries involved in illegal activities pertaining to minor minerals.
The Chief Secretary directed Flying Squads to be functional round the clock and should take prompt action. Mamlatdars and Talathis of concerned areas and the Police Inspectors and Bit Officers of the concerned Police Jurisdiction are to be given the responsibility to check compliance of directives in their jurisdiction.