Illegal mining: Stone crushers sealed in Jajpur; raid underway

Jajpur: As per the order of National Green Tribunal (NGT), a joint team of the Jajpur district administration, police and Revenue Department officials conducted a raid on illegal stone quarries at Dankari hills under Dharmasala Tehsil today.

The team led by the Superintendent of Police (SP) Charan Singh Meena and Collector Ranjan Kumar Das conducted the raid and sealed the illegal quarries at Dankari.

Sources said around 24 both licensed and illegal stone crushers were operating at Dankari hills. However, the Centre recently asked the State Government and district administration to close the crushers and stop mining work to start an oil project in the area.

When the district administration did not take any step in this regard, a social activist had filed a petition in the NGT. Acting on the complaint, the NGT on October 5 had ordered the State Government and the district administration to take action in this connection.

Accordingly, the district administration along with police and Revenue department officials conducted raid on the stone crushers today.

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