Rs 5 lakh penalty imposed on construction company for illegal mining

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KATHUA: Over Rs 5 lakh penalty was imposed on construction company for illegal mining    in Sahar Khad near local Bridge by using heavy Machinery.

 A Chain Machine and Dumper of the Construction Company were fined by the District Mineral Officer Kathua Rajinder Singh.

It was observed that the excavator engaged by executing agency of NHAI was excavating River Bed Material (RBM) downstream Sahar Khad near National Highway bridge without obtaining permission required under rules.

On Spot assessment revealed that a  total of 2200 MT of RBM has been raised from the river bed and  used in widening work of National highway

 After taking the custody of machinery, the DMO called police party on the spot and both the excavator and dumper were handed over to Incharge of police team after  necessary formalities required under the extant rules of  the department.

The District Mineral Officer informed that the action was initiated keeping in view the safety of bridge of National highway where mining is totally banned and also in order to save the precious mineral.

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