Authorities in Pulwama crackdown on illegal mining

Seize vehicles and impound mechanised boat

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Mechanized boat confiscated in Gagribal area of Awantipora
A mechanized boat being confiscated in Gagribal area of Awantipora

PULWAMA — In a bid to tackle the issue of illegal mining in the district, authorities in Pulwama have taken decisive action, seizing several vehicles and impounding a mechanized boat. The District Administration, led by Deputy Commissioner Dr. Basharat Qayoom, has adopted a zero-tolerance policy against illegal mining activities.

Under the direction of Dr. Basharat Qayoom, the Geology and Mining department has intensified efforts to curb illegal mining in Pulwama district. In line with this, the department has established checkposts, commonly known as Nakas, in various areas to monitor and prevent the unauthorized extraction of minerals.

During a recent operation, led by DMO Pulwama, Fayaz Ahmad, a significant number of vehicles transporting illegally-mined material were apprehended in different parts of the district. The crackdown resulted in the seizure and impoundment of seven vehicles, including a JCB, while a mechanized boat was also confiscated in the Gagribal area of Awantipora.

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Drivers were cautioned by the departmental team to ensure they only purchase minerals from legal sources and refrain from engaging in illegal mining practices. The administration has adopted a firm stance against any form of unauthorized mining and transportation of minerals, with individuals involved in such activities to be dealt with severely under relevant legal provisions.

This recent operation builds upon the administration’s ongoing efforts to combat illegal mining in Pulwama district. Local residents have been urged to remain vigilant and report any instances of illegal mining activities to the authorities. Such reports enable prompt action to be taken against those responsible.

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Furthermore, authorities have called upon the general public to obtain construction materials, including minerals, from authorized vendors at government-notified rates. To ensure convenience and efficiency, online purchase options have been made available, guaranteeing timely service delivery within the specified time frame.

The crackdown on illegal mining reflects the commitment of the District Administration Pulwama to protect natural resources and maintain a sustainable environment. By taking strict action against those involved in illegal mining practices, authorities aim to preserve the integrity of the district’s mineral resources and ensure their responsible and lawful utilization.

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