Akalis Start Mining Cong Govt on Menace Of Illegal Mining

[Chd,Pb]Akalis Start Mining Congress Govt on Menace Of Illegal Mining
Opposition party Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today lashed out at the Congress government for its alleged failure to end the menace of illegal mining in Punjab.
SAD MP and party’s senior leader Prem Singh Chandumajra said the environment and people of Punjab were under a “big threat”due to the “illegal mining in the state”.
As per rules digging cannot go beyond the 10 feet limit as it could harm the balance of ecology. But 30-40 feet deep ditches at the mining sites are seen across Punjab.
The SAD leader said it has started to take toll on everything — from fertile land and bridges to people’s houses.
The Lok Sabha MP from Anandpur Sahib said soil erosion had become a major problem, besides bridge collapses and cracking of house walls in the areas where illegal mining was “rampant”.
“Rupnagar and Mohali districts are the biggest sufferers as the consequences of illegal mining are being faced by them on a large-scale with incidents of bridge collapse and damages to houses have been increasing sharply,” he added.
Law Maker said “If the Congress government fails to contain illegal mining activities in next few days, we will approach the Union environment minister and ask him to intervene in safeguarding the interests of the state and the people,”