10 September, 2022 – Jammu : With the increase in the presence of mining mafia, mainly those from Punjab, in Jammu division, the administration has sprung into action to curb the illegal activities. Several vehicles bearing Punjab registration numbers have been seized in the recent days, especially in Kathua district adjoining Pathankot.
According to officials, over 45 vehicles involved in illegal mining in Ravi have been seized in Kathua in the recent days and most of them belonged to the neighbouring state.
On September 2, a team of the Department of Geology and Mining seized 2,484 metric tonnes (MTs) of illegally excavated sand from Billawar area in Kathua district. The sand was excavated from Ujh river. The mafia had stocked 13 dumps of sand in different areas. As per officials, the sand was supposed to be sold at higher rates.
On August 30, authorities seized an excavator and three vehicles, belonging to some Punjab mafia, which were found excavating sand in Sahar Khad area in Kathua.
Sources in Kathua say that the action so far appear to be minuscule as a lot of vehicles can be seen in these areas involved in illegal mining during evening hours.
Courtesy : The Tribune