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SHOW CAUSE NOTICE ISSUED TO COURT COMMISSIONER FOR NOT FILING REPORT ON ILLEGAL SAND MINING IN BELAPUR

send-mine-3The Mumbai High Court has issued a show cause notice against the court-appointed commissioner for failing to file a report on the illegal sand mining activity in Navi Mumbai. The Bombay High Court has issued a show cause notice to Court Commissioner Sachin Chavan for not complying with the court order asking him to file a report on sand mining in Navi Mumbai. The court asked why action should not be taken against the commissioner when even after repeated directions the order was not executed. In Belapur, on both sides of the creek there are huge mounds of sand as high as two-storeyed buildings, which have been periodically dredged from the creek and also brought in from Mahad. At the mouth of the creek, near the new bridge connecting Belapur and Panvel, concrete debris is dumped on mangroves, and new embankments are slowly being created as an extension to the dry docks. One of the counsels of the case Rahul Thakur gave an insight on the notice issues to the commissioner. The High Court is hearing two petitions on illegal sand mining in Thane and on the Konkan coast. The court in both cases had noted that the state given no permission or licences in that area, particularly in the CRZ, to carry out this activity. The court also came down heavily on court commissioner Sachin Chavan, who was appointed along with other authorities in coastal districts like Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri and Raigad to submit a report on sand mining in Navi Mumbai. The court has now directed the Chief Judicial Magistrate of the Vashi court to execute the order and submit the report. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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