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Government of India
Ministry of Water Resources
06-October-2015 17:52 IST
Uma Bharti Expresses Concern Over Unauthorized Mining Activities in Ganga in Bijnor

Requests Javadekar to Send a Joint Team to Look into the Matter

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has expressed concern over unauthorized mining activities going on in River Ganga in district Bijnor of UP. In a letter sent to Shri Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change she has requested him to send a joint team of her Ministry and Environment Ministry to inquire into unauthorized mining activities going on in river Ganga at Bijnor leading to change in river hydrology and resulting in soil erosion as well as impinging upon the conservation of endangered aquatic species.

Earlier a delegation led by Kunwar Bharatendra Singh, Member, Lok Sabha from Bijnor called on Sushri Bharti and submitted her a detailed memorandum seeking her immediate intervention to stop unauthorized mining activities in river Ganga in Bijnor. According to the memorandum the illegal sand mining will have an adverse impact on the flow of the river and its flora and fauna.