Nitin Namdev, Raipur. Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Suraj Upadhyay, in a press conference, attacked the government on the illegal sand mining going on in the state. He said, the work of illegal mining on the sand ghats is in full swing. The administration and the mineral department have given a free hand to the sand mafia. Illegal sand business is going on under the patronage of politicians and people’s representatives.
Upadhyay said, the sand mafia is defrauding the government of revenue by selling sand without royalty. Formalities are being carried out by taking occasional action on the vehicles being transported by the Mineral Flying Squad. In Chhattisgarh’s biggest Mahanadi, the mafia is digging every second kilometer to extract sand. Sand mafias have installed machines inside the river. The condition of negligence is that even after the complaint of the villagers, the Mineral Department is not taking any action.
He said, it is clearly clear that the sand mafia is spreading its wings with the connivance of Congress leaders, public representatives and officials. Even after complaining, the responsible officer is silent. Due to this, the courage of the sand mafia is getting high. There is a lot of anger among the villagers regarding this.