NAHARLAGUN, 12 May: Capital Deputy Commissioner Talo Potom has warned all those who are involved in illegal earth cutting “to stop forthwith or else face legal action.”
He has also warned of arrest and of registering cases against such people, along with the seizure of earthmovers.
Potom informed the media here on Wednesday that several reports have been received from various parts of the capital of illegal earth cutting.
“Illegal earth cutting not only damages the vegetation but also badly affects the environment and is likely to induce landslide and soil erosion,” he said.
“It has been reported that rampant illegal earth cutting is going on in various locations at Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli, and Banderdewa. Earth cutting not only endangers human lives but also leads to the blockage of drains and river streams. This causes destruction of public properties, like government buildings, roads, nallahs, culverts, stormwater drains,” he said while also expressing serious concern about illegal earth cutting along the NH 415.
On Wednesday, Potom informed that five officers went to various locations and stopped illegal earth-cutting activities.
“If they continue to indulge in illegal activities, the administration is left with no option, but to book all such persons under the Disaster Management Act,” he said.