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Two river dolphins found dead in Boko

The people from the area have complained that due to illegal sand mining these two river dolphins died.

Two river dolphins found dead in Boko

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  2 Sep 2021 1:29 PM GMT

GUWAHATI: Two more river dolphins were found dead near a riverside in Samaria of Boko under the Kamrup district.

Earlier also in Boko, the forest department of Assam has seized many valuable smuggled trees, sand-carrying vehicles, and tree-cutting machines.

It is also reported that The Samaria Satra in Boko an area of the Western Kamrup Forest Division Authority office is well known for the illegal sand mining

However, sources said that illegal sand mining has led to dead this two river dolphins in the Shalmara Maraklahi river in Samaria.

The local people today have seen the dead dolphins in the bank of the river this morning. The dead dolphins were later recovered by the local people.

The people from the area have complained that illegal sand mining has increased in Shalmar from Samria. Two river dolphins are claimed to have died due to this illegal sand mining.

Earlier, the Gauhati High Court had notified the Bala Mining site to close as Markalahi river was declared River Dolphin pasture land.

The National Green Tribunal has issued a slew of directions to the chief secretaries of the states and union territories, and the Environment Ministry on a batch of applications relating to updation of enforcement and monitoring mechanism to control and regulate illegal sand mining, including riverbed sand mining. Some of these applications have been pending for about seven years while others have been tagged to the pending matters later, from time to time, in view of common question of illegal sand mining. Unsustainable sand mining practices are rampant in India.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel directed all the states and union territories to strictly follow the Sustainable Sand Management Guidelines, 2016. "We further direct that periodic inspection be conducted by a five-member Committee, headed and coordinated by the SEIAA and comprising CPCB, State PCB, and two expert members of SEAC dealing with the subject." At the national level, a review needs to be conducted at least once a year by the Secretary of Environment in coordination with the Secretaries Mining and Jalshakti Ministries, the Central Pollution Control Board, the bench stated.

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