Environment Ministry sets up committee to inquire into illegal sand mining

The Union Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) has constituted a committee to inquire into the adverse environmental impact of the alleged illegal sand mining in the Gautam Buddha Nagar of Uttar Pradesh widely reported by the media in the past few days.
An official press release pointed out that illegal mining had serious environmental and ecological repercussions.
It said that, pursuant to the orders of the Supreme Court dated February 27, the the handling of prior environment clearance cases of mining of minor minerals, including sand, of lease area upto 5 hectares (ha), was delegated by the MoEF to the concerned State Environment Impact Assessment Authorities (SEIAAs).

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