Pulwama : On the directions of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Pulwama, Dr Basharat Qayoom, the Geology and Mining department Pulwama has intensified its efforts to crack the whip on illegal mining of minerals and continues to lay Nakas in several areas of the district.
During the exercise, DMO Pulwama, Fayaz Ahmad seized dozens of vehicles carrying illegally mined material in various parts of the district.
During the crackdown, around 07 vehicles have been seized and impounded including a JCB besides a mechanised boat has also been seized in the Gagribal area of Awantipora.
The departmental team asked drivers to purchase minerals from legal sources only and stay away from illegal mining practices.
A senior officer from the administration said that the District Administration has adopted a zero tolerance policy against illegal mining and unauthorized transportation of minerals and people involved in the illegal trade shall be dealt sternly under relevant provisions of law.
The locals were also briefed to alert the administration of all illegal mining activities so that strict action could be initiated against those involved.
Meanwhile, authorities have urged the general public to purchase the minerals (construction material) from the legal vendors on notified Government rates through online mode with assured service delivery within the given time frame.