Meghalaya: GSU complains against Illegal sand mining in South Garo Hills
The Garo Students’ Union (GSU) from Siju and Karukol region have complained to the Deputy Commissioner of South Garo Hills (SGH) in Meghalaya seeking a stop to the illegal extraction of sand from the river beds around the district.
According to the group, the contractor working on the road between Karukol-Nengkong-Emangre-Nokatgre has been illegally extracting sand gravel from the river bed getting no form of permission from authorities.
“The irresponsible behaviour of the contractor is not only affecting the people living downstream but also marine life in the river itself. This is completely against the Meghalaya Protection of Catchment Area Act, 1990 which bars quarrying and extraction of sand from river beds,” said Siju unit president, Ralseng Marak.
The NGO, through their complaint has asked the DC to take cognisance of the matter.