Additional Dy. Commissioner Poonch, Dr. Bashrat Hussain presided over the proceedings of public hearing for environmental clearance regarding minor mineral extraction over an area of 8.50 hectare of block no 29 on Suran river upstream foot bridge Dhara Mora.
During the hearing, the PRI members and locals raised various mining related and other developmental issues. They demand strict action against illegal mining and complain that many children have drowned in the river due to illegal mining. They sought preference to the locals while issuing tenders so that unemployed youth can avail the benefit.
The ADC made the locals aware regarding the proposed riverbed mining project. He advised the people to immediately inform the local Panchayat or administration about any attempt of illegal mining so that strict action could be taken against culprits.
He assured that the genuine concerns of the locals for reasonable rates of minor mineral and mining rights to their respective villages will be appropriately addressed. He said that water spraying on the road shall be done twice a day to control the dust.
SDM Surankote, Nayeem-Ul-Nissa, Tehsildar Surankote, Sheraz Chouhan, representative of regional Director JKPCC, Jammu, Anupam Koul, DMO, Javid Iqbal, District Officer Pollution Control Committee, Mukesh Singh Bali, Locals and other concerned were also present.