Hyderabad: The TDP chief, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, has urged the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, to take immediate steps to illegal sand mining which he said was resulting in depletion of ground water and endangering the environmental equilibrium.
In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister, Mr Naidu has stated that because of the negligent attitude of the government, illegal sand mining was continuing without any check and it was endangering the environment. He said the village life was being disrupted as bridges were collapsing due to illegal mining.
He also reminded the Chief Minister that environmentalists constantly warn that if sand was exploited from river beds, it would result in depletion of the ground water and affect agriculture and thereby endanger the livelihood of the farmers. He said that the power of permitting sand mining should be taken away from the district Collectors and given to a special commission comprising environmentalists, soil experts, scientists, NGOs and local body representatives. He also suggested that mining should be banned from 7 pm to 6 am.
The former chief minister said that it was sad that though sand mining had slipped into the hands of mafia gangs, the government was remaining a silent spectator. He has lamented that there was no response from the government to his earlier letter in June last year. He said that the government should wake up at least now and stop this destruction of nature.