Kashmir Indepth

Kishtwar admin orders action against contractor company, NHIDCL for indiscriminate dumping of muck

KISHTWAR, NOVEMBER 12: District Kishtwar administration today ordered action against a contractor company and NHIDCL for violation of environment norms while executing the work on National Highway 244.

Taking cognisance of a report submitted by Tehsildar Drabshalla about indiscriminate dumping of muck and debris by the Contractor Company R&B Infra Project Pvt. Ltd and NHIDCL, Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Kishori Lal Sharma directed SHO Kishtwar to lodge an FIR under Section 133 and the relevant provisions of the law in the matter against the erring agency.

As reported by the local administration, the private executing agency dumped debris and muck on the land acquired for JKSPDC for Rattle Hydro Electric Power Project at Khasra No. 27 min of village Salana Tehsil Drabshalla.

The civil administration informed that the huge quantity of muck dumped in this land will adversely affect the prestigious Rattle Hydro Electric Power Project and also causes huge loss to the Government exchequer.

The report further reads that unscientific dumping of muck/debris at unspecified locations along the National Highway NH-244 leads to severe damage to the ecology Flora and Fauna of this ecologically fragile area.

Besides, the debris also goes into river Chenab leading to irreparable damage to its physical and biological features which bears offences and are punishable under Environment Protection Act 1986; Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1975 besides it leads a public nuisance in the area under Section 133.

Furthermore, during site visit by the ADM Kishtwar, one vehicle (Dumper without Registration Number) of the concerned agency was found indulging in illegal dumping of waste/debris on the land acquired by this Collectorate for JKSPDC for Ratte Hydro Electric Power Project at Khasra No. 27min of village Salana of tehsil Drabshalla.

Keeping in view the reported facts, SHO Kishtwar was directed to lodge FIR under Section 133 and other relevant provisions of the law in the matter as per the norms against the erring agency namely M/S  R&B Infra Project Private Ltd and NHIDCL.

Besides, SHO Kishtwar has been directed to take all vehicles involved in such illegal activities under his custody till further directions.

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