STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Pollution woes overflow in riverside villages

Rampant illegal sand mining and transportation has led to sand deposits on roads and increase in air pollution in riverside villages of the district. 

Published: 02nd December 2020 04:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd December 2020 04:14 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KENDRAPARA: Rampant illegal sand mining and transportation has led to sand deposits on roads and increase in air pollution in riverside villages of the district. The sand, extracted from Luna river, a tributary of Mahanadi, is carried on trucks, dumpers and tractors and since the vehicles are often not covered, sand spills on throughout the roads and highway and dust causes air pollution.

Sand deposits on roads often lead to mishaps as two-wheelers skid and lose balance. Kendrapara RTO Nikhil Patnaik said sand it is mandatory for goods vehicles to cover the sand with tarpaulin but most of them flout the norm. “We will take steps to address the issue,” he said. 

Illegal sand mining has become a lucrative option for many in Baspur, Karilopatana, Aitapur, Jalapoka, Bahakhandia, Karandia, Rankala and other riverside villages in the district. With construction activities apace after monsoon, the demand for sand has gone up and so has the illegal practice. Nityananda Behera of Silipur village said hundreds of tractors and trucks carrying sand, extracted from the banks of Luna river, pass through the village. “The village road has got damaged due to plying of heavy vehicles and heaps of sand dot the entire landscape besides dust polluting the surrounding areas,” he said. 

The indiscriminate mining of sand has also led to increase in anti-social activities due to frequent tussles between local mafia. The villagers said the destruction of river beds by sand mafia needs immediate attention of government. 



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp