"We (UP government) have not caught anyone till now. It's there Lordship. Yes it (illegal sand mining) is going on," the counsel, appearing for Uttar Pradesh government and its Chief Secretary, said.

A five-member bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of Gautam Budh Nagar to personally appear before it on August 29.

"From the documents before us, it is evidently clear that indiscriminate sand mining is going on in Gautam Budh Nagar. We would have expected the Deputy Commissioner and SP to comply with the Tribunal's August 5 order and the Supreme Court's earlier order but both have miserably failed Let they personally appear before us on the next date of hearing i.e. August 29," the bench said.

Meanwhile, the tribunal also banned beach sand mineral mining in Tamil Nadu and Kerala after senior advocate Raj Panjwani, appearing for NGT Bar Association which had filed the petition, apprised it about unauthorised mining on the beaches of the two states. The tribunal also directed the chief secretaries of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to file personal affidavits on August 29.


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