Shiv Kumar Sharma
Yamunanagar, July 16
Owners of several stone crushers, screening plants and building construction material firms/suppliers have been reported to be allegedly indulging in illegal mining work in Yamunanagar.
Firms defrauded govt e-portal
Buying raw mining material from far-off states is not possible and by showing such transactions, they have defrauded the e-Rawana portal. Rajiv, District Mining Officer
The incident came to light when the authorities of the Mines and Geology Department, Haryana, detected a fraud related to the purchase of raw mining material.
The owners of four screening plants and firms associated with mining work showed in their record that they had purchased raw mining material from Goa, Gujarat, Delhi, and Jammu and Kashmir.
According to information, purchase of raw mining material from far-off states is not possible, but the owners of four screening plants and firms have allegedly either carried out illegal mining by themselves or have purchased raw mining material from persons involved in illegal mining in Yamunanagar.
However, they showed this purchase being done from other states, so that this fake purchase could be converted into genuine purchase by uploading the quantity of the mining material on e-Rawana portal of the Haryana Government.
On the complaint of the District Mining Officer, Yamunangar, Rajiv, a case was registered against four firms under Sections 21 (1), 21 (2), 21 (4) of the Mines and Minerals (Regulation of Development) Act; Section 66 of the IT (Amendment) Act; and Sections 406, 419, 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC at Bilaspur police station.
Sources said most of the mining quarries of Yamunanagar district are non-functional during the rainy season, however, a number of stone crushers and screening plants are being run using raw mining material from stock as well as illegal mining material.
The District Mining Officer said they received a report from the IT cell of their headquarters in connection with the purchase of raw mining material from other states.