Dehradun: National Green Tribunal has taken notice of the contempt plea filed by Dinesh Pandey, conservation activist and member of Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), who alleged that illegal mining is still continuing on Gaula river in violation of the tribunal’s order passed in January this year. The bench ordered the state government and ministry of environment and forests to conduct an inspection of the site and furnish its report to NGT by July 4, the next date of hearing.

In his plea, Pandey has asked NGT to quash the “forest clearance” the state government had accorded on January 24, 2013 for collection of stone, boulders and other minor minerals from an area spanning 1,497 hectares in river bed of river Gaula for a period of 10 years. The part of the forest is a wildlife habitat, he said. Read more