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Bagaha : Sand mining in the bed of rivers Gandak, Bansi and other rivers of West Champaran district continues illegally causing huge revenue loss to the government besides besides gradually changing the course of the rivers concerned. The sand miners are also serious threat to the entire ecology of the Gandak region in the district.
The mining mafias dig deep near embankment, river banks, bridges and canals. Incidentally, the Mines and Geology department officials always deny illegal sand mining. Sources said that Bihar government had auctioned 90.67 hectare in the district for 5 years from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2019 for sand mining but limited it to 4,63,992 tones per annum. But sources said that sand mafia extract sand as much as they want forcibly violating mining rules and guidelines of District environment impact assessment authority (DEIAA).
Piparasi sand ghat was not recognised yet sand mining is going on in a massive scale in the name of Parsauni sand ghat. Rajkumar Sahni, president, Bhartiya kisan union (Tikait faction), West Champaran, says that Parsauni is a village where Piparasi police station, block, anchal are located and occasionally DM,SDM and other officials visit there but no officer bothers to look into the such massive illegal mining.
Semara Labdeha sand ghat was registered for sand mining in 3.59 hectare only but the extraction continues in fifty hectares in the absence of any demarcation. The sand lifters are allegedly carrying on their illegal activities in collusion with some local officials and cops. Several vehicles bearing Uttar Pradesh registration numbers are transporting the illegal sand but the transport department officials never seize them.
Deepnarain Prasad, president, Tharu Welfare Federation, alleged that a 15 km area around Valmiki tiger
reserve (VTR) was declared “eco sentative zone” but sand mining was being carried out in areas close to it. Rajkumar Sahni on February 10  threatened to resort to indefinite dharna before Bagaha SDM office if illegal sand mining is not checked immediately.
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