Patna: Sand lifting from rivers has stopped from June 1 in 16 districts of Bihar. The work of sand lifting will be done afresh on the basis of the survey report of the districts. This order has been given by Patna High Court. Earlier, sand mining work was closed from July to September on the orders of the National Green Tribunal. This time mining work will be closed from June itself. Even after the sand mining was stopped a month ago, the Mines and Geology Department has claimed that there is sufficient sand reserves in the state. The settlement for fresh sand mining will be done through the districts.

According to the Mines and Geology Department, in the light of the order of the Supreme Court, sand mining was being done from 16 districts at present. The revenue till 31st May was taken from the settlers of the districts where mining was taking place. Sources said that the Supreme Court, in its order passed in November 2021, had directed the state government to prepare and present District Survey Reports (DSRs) to all the districts. After this, orders will be given for fresh settlement.

The department claims that the districts have prepared the survey report, on which environmental clearance has also been obtained. The report will be presented in the court. On receipt of permission, a fresh tender will be issued for the settlement of river ghats.