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Irregularities detected at legal quarries, excavation stopped 

Fazilka: The administration has ordered the stopping of excavation of sand in authorised quarries following the detection of irregularities during a raid conducted by officials. The digging has been stopped for two days till Monday.A team led by Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Ranvir Singh Mudhal and other officials of police, revenue and industries departments conducted checking on authorised quarries on Saturday.They inspected legal quarries at Rana I and II, Mahatam Nagar, Sukhera Bodla, Lamochar Kalan and Mohar Singh Wala I and II villages.At some places, the contractor had dug beyond the stipulated depth of 10 ft approved by the government — even as much as 20 ft — under the alleged decades-long patronisation of political bigwigs and in connivance with officials concerned.Illegal sand mining is conducted during the night along the Sutlej river which passes through many places in the district. As per the bylaws, digging is prohibited from 5 pm to 7 am.“Heavy vehicles carrying sand from illegal quarries have damaged the border area roads leading from Mauzam to Dona Sikandari and Mauzam to Bhiwani villages,” alleged Jammu Ram of Mauzam village who has been striving to stop the illegal practice.ADC Mudhal said that Deputy Commissioner Isha Kalia has called a meeting of Industries Department officials and contractors on Monday to verify the facts. He also directed the officials concerned to take action against the persons involved in illegal mining in Lamochar Kalan village of Fazilka district.Meanwhile, the police have booked two persons — Amarjit Singh, a resident of Gulam Rasool village, and Monu, a resident of Kathgarh village — on charges of illegal sand mining and two sand-laden tractor-trailers have been impounded.

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