Locals say large-scale illegal excavations in Bhima riverbed may cause monsoon floods; district administration turns blind eye to contractors who are ravaging river, taking advantage of sand shortage in constructions
Vijay Chavan & Nikhil Ghorpade
Posted On Monday, July 16, 2012 at 08:51:04 AM
A number of excavation machines can be seen flouting all norms and digging soil out of the Bhima riverbed near Koregaon- Bhima; the sand is then sold on the black market at upto Rs 65,000
Despite action from the authorities and activist outrage, the sand mafia seem to have staunchly dug their heels in when it comes to illegal mining. For the last fortnight, sand mafia have reportedly been excavating sand from the banks of the Bhima River near Koregaon-Bhima, around 15 km away from the city.
At the scene, over 40 labourers were seen carrying away truckloads of sand with the help of three Poclain excavators, six JCB machines and several tractors and lorries.
Four huge iron filters were also digging out soil from the riverbed. Locals have raised objections about illegal excavations and approached the district administration to stop the work, fearing this could change the course of the river and lead to inundations during the monsoon.
Villagers also claim it is polluting their drinking water. The Bhima river plays a major role in the economy of western Maharashtra and is a major source of irrigation and drinking water for half the population here.
Contractors generally work with machines that extract massive quantities of sand, seriously eroding the river bunds that prevent floods. The Bombay HC last year imposed a ban on the above, but lifted it later, while observing that excavation should not exceed 2m above the surface of the ‘floor, river, or creek’.
As per norms, trucks are not even allowed to enter the river. But in the Bhima, near a 110-year-old bridge, the sand mafia are flagrantly flouting norms by transporting as much as 20- 22 loads of sand from the river a day, in each truck. Atmaram Walke, sarpanch of nearby Perne village, said, “They are using sand from both sides of the bank and taking advantage of low rainfall; huge stocks have been built in the middle of the river.
If sudden rainfall occurs now, we may face a flood.” Walke added, “As per our knowledge, contractors have been identified as Raju Bhintade and Rajendra Takle.
We have complained to the district administration and expect stringent action.” Local activist Ranjit Bhondve said, “Large-scale illegal transportation of sand is taking place from Koregaon Bhima to Pune, where developers purchase one truckload for much more than Rs 25,000.
Due to a shortage of sand, illegal activities are thriving. It is not possible to control illegal mining completely unless the Revenue and Irrigation departments take some initiative.” Haveli tahasildar Sandesh Shirke said, “The contractor has purchased the area in an auction, but we received a complaint saying illegal excavation is taking place even in the night using heavy machinery.
local authorities have verified this, and we have conveyed it to the Additional District Collector and District Mining Officer asking them to cancel the auction.”
The cost of a truckload of sand has shot up from Rs 25,000 just a fortnight ago to Rs 65,000 now in the black market – all because of restrictions on sand suppliers under environment rules. There is huge demand for sand due to the construction of thousands of residential flats, commercial premises and infrastructure projects in and around Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. Experts say the rising rates of residential flats are a major reason for the unavailability of sand.
Mr, Srinivasan may not have been directly connected to this spot/match fixing. It appears that it is a conspiracy to dislodge him from the current position and also to see that MI wins the trophy. It is unfortunate that ultimately he has to taste his own medicine which he brewed to Mr. Modi.
Amjad Ansari,please try to resolve matters in an amicable manner.Please dont use terms like hang Jesus and Mary Idols,Jesus and Mary have got nothing to do with this episode.It is not fair that your community crave and beg to study in Christian institutions then abuse us,we people are very peaceloving and non violent. If we were to utter anything derogatory against your community, you would have massacred us. Did you not read the article where a Christian priest allowed the muslim community in UK to perform namaz inside the church premises as it began raining.Why dont your community study in your own institutions rather than Christian ones,Im sure if a non muslim studied in your institutions they would have to follow your dress code, wont they.So please make this a religious conflict of thoughts and interest.Thank you Amjad and peace be with you and your family.
It is a common practice for British news papers to ask eminent people to contribute their own obituaries.These obits are updated at one year intervals and the latest one is published when the author finally departs.It is indeed novel to invite the obituaries in anticipation of self inflicted deaths!
There are many precedents in our country where religious sensitivities have over-ruled the rules of minority institutions.In a century old Christian college of Kolkatha, a Hindu teacher won a case against his employers,who forbade him from entering a class room without shaving his beard.The teacher suffered a bereavement in the family and had to avoid shaving during the 'soucha' period.
The religious sentiments of Sikhs are respected everywhere and they are not harassed in the matter of beard or the other four symbols of their faith.
The college Principal Kanchana Head mistress Maria are petty, sporting a beard is personal, as Christian Clergy from the Roman Catholic and Church of England denomination sport beards.Why is Zeeshan subjected to this mental trauma.The clergy from the orthodox clergy even sport beards as well.
A different experiment. Yes,when u realise it is your last few hours it makes one think a lot of things and most times it is good thoughts and wishes for dear ones. Like every emotion is impermanent, it will pass too but can help you to remember that our days are decreasing on this planet.
College board and Principal should be booked under National Security acts like Tada, Pota and Threat to national security acts which were used against Varun Gandhi by Medam Mayavati, these schools are anti national cults. Must be nationalised at all levels by dismissing its board.
Do these BBPM employees ever work? They seem to be logging time and earning money without doing any work. I won't be surprised if these free loaders are working elsewhere while drawing salary from the govt.
College refuses beard let the college do their job instead of highlighting it in the front page then aggravating the situation instead of front paging these better find other thing which has to be brought to public notice do not instigate thing in this manner tomorrow the community will ask for driving the vehicles in the right side instead of left since most of the Muslim countries do so is it possible be responsible in reporting things which are sensitive
we need to file the case against the college for discriminatory attitude......Does living sporting the beard is against the secularism? What about hanging Jesus and Mary Idols in schools and colleges pemises? we all know how hypocrite you are.
Mr.Zeeshan if you need any kind of help to talk to hem Please contact me
If the rule existed before this student joined college, then he knew what he signed up for and needs to comply! Rules are rules, else there will be anarchy especially in a country like ours. Please don't sensationalise such issues. The media has responsibilities towards society. You could have got the facts before you published this sensitive issue.
If this rule was made recently then it is unfair .
Wat is with people these days... one wants to wear a turban, one wants to keep a beard, another wants to keep long hair!!! When will people learn tat d reason schools/colleges hav these rules r for uniformity... if u cant adhere to d rules find a college which tolerates all this
Rules of any registered institution in Karnataka can only be over ruled by Karnataka State rules/regulations or by Union of India Rules.The only recourse to Janab Zeeshan is to approach the Law Courts in Karnataka/Indian Union.Demonstration etc by the community is not the answer.Jai Laws of the Land.
Did not Jesus Christ, who Christains worship, had a beard. Then why do these christains get upset when muslims sport a beard. Also, when all the hindu sages and gurus too sport a beard, why do a few hindus also get upset when they see a muslim sporting a beard. Hypocrites all of them. Shame on them.
BBMP HAS TO TAKE EARLY ACTION. aT MANY PLACES WATER LOGGING HAS STARTED AND MUSQUITOS HAVE STARTED BREADING. COLLECTION OF GARBAGE HAS BEEN IRRECGULAR IN INDIRANAGAR I STAGE.NO BODY HAVE COME SINCE 1 WEEK. POOLS OF WATER STARTED ACCUMALATING IN i mAIN I STAGE JUST NEXT TO POLICE STATION AND POLICE STATION SIDE HUGE GARBAGE IS COLLECTING SURELY ALL THESE NEEDS THE VISIT OF OUR ESTEEMED CM WHO IS NOW INCHARGE OF GARDENCITY.SURELY WE WHOPE HE WILL TAKE THE BBMP UNDER HIS CONTROL ANE EXCERSISE HIS RIGHT OF RULERSHIP AND CLEAR THE ISSUES. natraj
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