Haridwar: Rejecting to the demands of Matru Sadan for a complete ban on mining around the banks of River Ganga, Chief Minister BC Khanduri said the mining activity cannot stop.

Khanduri said, “We have already exempted the Khumb area from mining activities and by keeping the requirements of people and the river, new mining policy has been formulated and now the mining activity is being allowed as per norms only.”

While speaking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, Khaduri said that on demand of the Saints, he in his first term as a Chief Minister had exempted the Khumb area from mining activities.

Raising his voice for complete ban on mining around the banks of River Ganga, Swami Sivananda Saraswati has been sitting on fast since Friday. The Ganga Mahasabha Banaras has also extended support to Swami for the cause.

JPN/Bureau