DIBRUGARH, Dec 9: Illegal mining of silt from Brahmaputra river bed has been going on unabated at Auckland under Lahowal Legislative Assembly in Dibrugarh.
The illegal mining of silt has posed a serious threat to the entire area. Everyday 50 dumpers extract silt from the Brahmaputra river bed.
Meanwhile, Assam Cha Jonogusthee Jatiya Mahasabha, Rohmoria Anchalik on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to Dibrugarh deputy commissioner Biswajit Pegu regarding the issue.
“For the last one month, illegal silt mining has been going on in the Auckland area. Every day over 50 dumpers extract silt from the Brahmaputra river bed. Due to the constant plying of dumpers the PWD road was damaged. We have submitted a memorandum to Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner requesting him to intervene in the matter,” said Mantosh Kurmi, district president, Assam Cha Jonogusthee Jatiya Mahasabha.
It has been alleged that some unscrupulous sand mafias of Dibrugarh and other parts of the district have been running illegal business of sand having nexus with some forest officials.
However, following a series of orders by the National Green Tribunal in 2018, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has for the first time released guidelines to monitor and check illegal sand mining in the country.