Villagers lodge a complaint against illegal sand mining in Mohali

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Damandeep SinghLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 31, 2019

Location of Conflict

Majri Block, Kharar Sub-divison

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Mohali

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Sand Mining

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

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State

Punjab

Sector

Mining

Sand mining in the Majri block of Mohali district is reported to have affected many villages. Media reports suggest that the residents of four villagesKhijrabaad, Kubbaheri, Hirdapur and Mianpur Jhangar are struggling to stop illegal mining in their region. Mining contractors have dug up the forest land near these villages, which has turned the land into ponds. According to Punjab Land Protection Act (PLPA), the forest land in these villages cannot be used for commercial purposes. Only agriculture is allowed. The affected farmers are finding it hard to farm the land because the entire area is full of deep pits created by minig. The farmers allege that the mining contractors are forcing them to sell their land. Farmers also fear that minimg may destroy the habitat of wild animals in forest and they might come toward the villages. Residents of Khijrabaad lodged a complaint in the office of Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra. She visited the villages on July 15. Residents have been protesting and pleading with the administration to stop illegal mining and also demand a 24 hour helpline to call whenever they come across any incident of illegal mining.

Region Classification

Type of Land

Common

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

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Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

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Starting Year

2017

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Villagers, Farmers, Forest officials, Sand Mafia

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