HC expresses satisfaction over steps taken to stop illegal sand extraction


The High Court of Bombay at Goa, on Thursday expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the state government agencies to stop illegal sand extraction.
The Court, while adjourning the hearing of a petition for a week, asked the state government to search a possibility to rope in the volunteers of petitioner NGO – The Goa Rivers Sand Protectors Network into both, the stopping of illegal sand extraction and starting of legal sand mining.
During hearing of the public interest litigation filed by NGO The Goa Rivers Sand Protectors Network, the state government submitted before the Court the minutes and decisions taken in a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary with sand mining stakeholders, and the government stated that Chief Secretary has directed Goa police, Coastal police, Mining Department and Captain of Ports to maintain strict vigil in the areas, where illegal sand extraction takes place and also to deposit back the seized illegally extracted sand into the rivers.
The Court had earlier directed the state and its various departments to undertake regular patrolling through flying squads at all stretches of the rivers.