Illegal land mining posing water threat to Suvali village

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Surat, Jun 5 (UNI) Illegal land mining at Suvali village near Hazira Industrial belt, 30 km away from the city, to pave the way for upcoming power project of Larsen&Toubro in the area, was posing water threat to the village, people in the vicinity alleged.

The mining activity was continuing despite a local court had ordered a stay on it, with the active support of village sarpanch, villagers alleged.

Babu Rabari, a villager, said Suvali being a coastal village is not the only reason for facing water problem these days, but illegal land mining in the area was adding to problem. Land was mined continuously at survey No 57 and 78, despite the local court's stay order.

He said the work was going on since 1999 by Unnat Engineering at these sites without any prior permission from district administration.

Around 20 feet deep holes were made by the Unnat workers for clearing up small water pockets (Poonas) located at these sites.

Besides, mud mounds of 6-7 ft height were also demolished by the workers as they were obstructing the path, he alleged.

''The water of these poonas is used by village cattle for drinking purposes, while villagers have it for daily chores. Till now, more than 50 per cent poonas at the site has been mined by the Unnat Engineering and if it continued, the village will surely face water crisis in the years to come,'' says Babu Rabari.

He said sarpanch of Rajgir village had even brought a stay from court a few years back, but still the work was going on at these sites.

Kantu Patel, a sarpanch of nearby village, said a road, admeasuring 70-80 ft wide, was illegally built by the contractor on the pipelines of Crane Engineering and Reliance Industries for transferring soil from the site.

He said the poonas were developed by Gujarat Land Development Corporation, Vyara under various projects worth crores of rupees.

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