Jammu, January 08 | Jammu and Kashmir Pollution Control Board conducted a public hearing on 08-1-2020 for the Environmental Clearance of Minor Mineral (River Bed Material) Projects at River Basanter Downstream for Six Blocks. These are Block No. 2/2 at village Raipur in 6.80 hectares area, Block No. 2/3 at village Raipur in 9.80 hectares area, Block No. 2/4 at village Pangdour in 9.59 hectares area, Block No. 2/5 at village Pangdour, 9.17 hectares area, Block No. 2/6 at village Pangdour in 9.14 hectares area, Block No.3/1 at Village Penthi in 9.28 hectares area, Basanter Samba.
It is in compliance with the EIA notification issued by Ministry of Environment and Forest Govt. of India. The penal for said public hearing comprised of Dr. Yash Paul, Sr. Scientist, Head Lab and State Board Analysts (Representative of Regional Director PCB, Jammu) Kul Bushan Khajuria ACR Samba (representative of District Magistrate Samba) and Angrez Singh Divisional Officer PCB Samba South. The public hearing was attended by a large number of people including public representative, Panchs, Sarpanches of adjoining Panchayats/ villages Raipur, Pangdour, Penthi etc.
At the onset, Dr. Yash Paul, Sr. Scientist, Head Lab and State Board Analysts (Representative of Regional Director, PCB, Jammu) briefed the public presentation about the importance of conducting a public hearing. Various issues with relation to the said mining were raised and discussed by the general public during the course of proceedings. All the issues raised were discussed in threadbare and the queries raised were answered in detail by Anand Gupta consultant of project proponent from M/S Globus Environment Engineering Services.
The proceedings of public hearing were recorded by videography and the public was assured to incorporate their genuine suggestions in the report to be sent to State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) for grant of the Environment Clearance. The gathering was also addressed by Kul Bushan Khajuria A.C.R. Samba and proceeding of the public hearing was conducted by Sh Arshad Malik, Divisional Officer PCB, Jammu North. Others present on the occasion were District Mineral Officer, Samba and officers/officials of Pollution Control Board. At the end of a public hearing, the vote of thanks was presented by Sampat Singh Manhas, JEE, PCB Samba South.