Illegal sand extraction goes unabated in Anantnag, Kulgam Districts

Aman Malik

Anantnag, Apr 8: Despite the J&K government banning illegal extraction of stones, boulders and sand from streams
in the District, the practice is going on unabated at several streams including Shankar Pora, Damjan,Nussu
Badragund,Sangran and Nopora Mir Bazar area of south Kashmir Anantnag district.
Sources said that heavy extraction of sand and boulders is going on in Shankar Pora area of Anantnag District.
While the Divisional Commissioner Anantnag vide order No. 10750-69/DMA Dated 28-01-16 had directed complete halt
on illegal extraction of stones, boulders and sand from the streams, the directives have never been implemented,
sources said.
Sources confided a huge number of tippers and JCB dozers were seen in these streams in area but the authorities
didn’t take any action against them the officials are in deep slumber.
The illegal extraction of sand and boulders, according to residents, is causing damage to agricultural land as
the water level in the stream is decreasing.
“Some years back, there were dozens of springs and streams flowing through this area. But today the water level
is decreasing even in Nalla Sandran due to illegal extraction of sand and boulders,” they said
Locals claim that they are forced to fetch water after covering a long distance.
A delegation from Shankar Pora area claimed that the stream environs look like a bus stand in presence of huge
number of tippers and dozers.
“We are surprised why the district administration is not looking into the issue,” they said.
Meanwhile a resident of Damjan said the people made it business to extraction of boulders and sand.
“The water level is decreasing even in stream (Nallah) Sandran due to illegal extraction of sand and boulders. We
request the District administration to look into the matter and to halt on illegal extraction of stones, boulders
and sand in area,” residents decry.
Despite repeated attempts District Development Commissioner Anantnag (DDC) could not be contacted as his phone
was out of reach.