Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding illegal mining in Jharsuguda district, Odisha, 05/02/2024

  • 05/02/2024

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Jitendra Kumar Pradhan Vs State of Odisha & Others dated 05/02/2024.

The matter related to an infrastructure company (Aditya Construction) engaged in various construction works and extracting earth/morrum from various places. It was alleged that the company was illegally lifting/extracting about 56100 cum of morrum in Jharsuguda district. The news about the illegal mining was published in the local Odia newspaper 'Prameya'.

The NGT directed the constitution of a fact finding committee to elicit the correctness of the allegations made comprising members from the Odisha State Pollution Control Board; Divisional Forest Officer, Jharsuguda; Director of Mines and Geology, Bhubaneswar, Khurdha and District Collector, Jharsuguda.

The committee shall inspect the site in question and submit its report within one month on affidavit with regard to the allegations made.