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DG&M intensifies night raids to ensure zero percent illegal mining

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GANDERBAL: As part of its commitment to ensuring zero percent illegal mining in the entire valley, the Department of Geology & Mining has intensified night raids across the Kashmir division.

In this regard, the field staff of the department under the supervision of respective District Mineral Officers (DMOs) along with the Police has seized a large number of excavators, dumpers, and l&T machinery involved in illegal transportation/mining from District Ganderbal, Pulwama and Budgam during the intervening night of 9th and 10th September 2023.

During these drives, 11 seizures from District Ganderbal, 04 L&T chain type excavators from District Budgam and 04 L&Ts from District Pulwama have been booked under relevant laws of illegal mining and later on handed over to respective police authorities to proceed as per law.

The department has made its policy to eradicate the menace of illegal mining and no violations of any type shall be tolerated with regard to illegal mining, and whosoever is found involved in illegal mining shall be dealt with in case they continue to repeat the offence, read an official handout.

As such the public is requested to take full advantage of the department’s online services and purchase the material from legal sources as identified by the Department of Geology and Mining, further the cooperation of the general public is imminent to achieve full control over illegal mining from Kashmir Division.

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