NGT – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

VIJAYAWADA: Observing that illegal mining is taking place without lease or license in Madanapalle Village, Kuppam Assembly Constituency, Chittoor District, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered the government to State to file a detailed report with relevant documents by May. 26 after inspecting the site.

Hearing a petition on illegal quarrying or granite extraction in Inquiries Nos. 213 and 104 in Madanapalle on April 22, the NGT ordered the Departments of Mines, Environment, Forestry, Science and Technology and other respondents to file independent reports on the matter and released the hearing until May 10.

Appearing on behalf of the Departments of Environment, Forestry, Science and Technology, the Advocate informed NGT that a committee has been formed with the Chittoor District Collector, Divisional Forestry Officer (Chittoor West ), Regional Officer of Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) and Deputy Director of Mines and Geology to look into the matter.

The NGT felt that there was no need for the government to form a committee comprising all departments as this would delay further action on the matter.

However, the fact remains that illegal mining is taking place without a lease or license in Madanapalle. “Once again, given the urgency of the case, we are granting time to file a detailed government report until May 26,” the Green Court bench said and released the case to the May 26.