Dhanbad: Despite the BCCL management and the Dhanbad administration claiming to have taken remedial measures to curb illegal mining in the district, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) have taken cognizance of the increasing complaints of illegal mining and deaths due to land subsidence during illegal mining. The two entities also directed both the stakeholders to submit the action taken report at the earliest.
While the NGT asked the BCCL management to seal all openings of its abandoned mines and submit a GI-tagged report to the district administration within a week, the NHRC asked the Dhanbad DC and the SSP to submit reports on the deaths in the Muraidih colliery due to land subsidence within four weeks, officials familiar with the developments said on Saturday.
An NGT team led by Rajiv Ranjan visited the closed Dahbari C patch and the Dumrijore land subsidence area under the Chanch-Victoria area of BCCL along with Gopinathpur and Kapasara outsourcing patches under the Mugma area of ECL on Friday to review the ground realities. Reports of mass-scale illegal mining came from these areas.
The team directed both the management of ECL and BCCL to install CCTV cameras and fence the abandoned mines immediately. The team expressed surprise when none of the ECL or BCCL officials had updated mine maps of the area. It also pulled up the officials after finding many openings around the abandoned mines and directed them to seal them with concrete within a week and submit a report at the same time. Senior administrative and police officials of the district were present during the team’s review visits.
Meanwhile, the NHRC took cognizance of the complaint filed by RTI activist Arvind Sinha over the death of four persons during illegal mining in Muraidih colliery of BCCL on March 31 last year and directed the Dhanbad DC and the SSP to submit reports.
Quoting newspaper reports, Sinha filed a complaint attached with photographs of bloodstains and belongings of the victims had alleged that the Baghmara circle officer, K K Singh, tried to hush up the case in his report, which said no such incident happened.
The commission asked the authorities to submit an action taken report within four weeks and threatened to initiate a coercive process under Section 13 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 if its order is not complied with.





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