Anandpur Sahib: The large-scale of illegal mining in the sub-division is going on unabated; however, every now and then the administration speaks of taking strict action against those who are in the business of illegal mining. Now the bridge situated near Sangatpur village that connects Anandpur Sahib with the entire Doaba region is facing a threat due to the illegal mining in river Sutlej. The pillars on which the structure of the bridge rests, have been exposed more than 15 feet and the river bed has been lowered due to the constant digging up of sand and gravel from the river. Moreover, it appears, as there is no one to stop those involving in this illegal trade.
Although, the Jawans of homeguard are on duty for the security of the bridge but they cannot object unless someone tampers with the structure of the bridge. Moreover, the mining mafia is so strong that one may have apprehensions while interfering in their business. Pertinent to mention that the issue of illegal mining was raised recently during the Sangat Darshan programme of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal near Nurpur Bedi and he gave strict instructions to take stringent action against the people involved in the illegal business.
However, the situation remained the same even after the orders of CM. A dharna was also held by the residents of several villages warning the administration to take strict action against the people involved in illegal mining. While talking to Daily Post, some people from nearby villages said that, the business of illegal mining is going on under the political patronage in which both the ruling and the opposition parties are fully involved.
Therefore, the administration has utterly failed to nab the big guns and only small people faces action. People also said that mining is carried out day and night. Tons of sand and gravels are lifted and loaded in the tippers and the vehicles left to supply it in various parts of the state. A tipper driver said that on the condition of anonymity that they are not stopped or checked by the police because they are issued a special slip by the workers operating for the mining mafia that helps them on their way. He said that minimum of Rs 3,000 are collected from every tipper for loading sand and gravel and approximately 500 tippers are loaded on daily basis. The Public Works Department has also written to the concerned authorities to look into the matter because mining near the bridge is posing a threat to the structure of the bridge. However, no strict action has been taken so far.
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