The National Green Tribunal on Thursday sought the Delhi government’s response on illegal extraction of sand being carried out in the Yamuna river bed at Wazirabad and Jagatpur bund areas.
The order came over a petition by Rahul Nagar, filed through advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal, seeking a direction to Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to take legal action against those involved in illegal sand mining. A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swantanter Kumar issued notice to Delhi government, DPCC and others while posting the matter for next hearing on October 9.
Nagar has alleged that despite the stay on illegal extraction of sand by the tribunal, the “sand mafias are still extracting sand with the active support of Delhi Police”.
“Direct DPCC to forthwith constitute a team under the supervision of an officer not below the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police to stop the illegal extraction of sand in the national capital and specifically at the Wazirabad and Jagatpur Bund area of the national capital,” the plea said.