Ahmedabad: The Mines and Minerals department in a recently conducted raid, unearthed illegal mining and theft of minerals in Kalyanpur area and Ran worth Rs2.354 crores and Rs11.36 crores. A complaint has been filed in this regards and investigation has begun.

Devbhumi Dwarka, being a mineral rich district of Gujarat has always been the target of illegal miners. Several complaints in regards to this went unanswered for a long time until a Mines and Minerals department team under Sandipsinh Maheshwarisinh Chauhan decided to go an a surprise check at the mines. They discovered that before September 17, 2017 someone had conducted sand mining on the government land without any permission and had stolen 3,04,680.48 tonnes sand worth Rs2,13,27,634, which upon adding the 10 percent administration charges was worth Rs2,34,60,397. Sandipsinh has filed a complaint at Kalyanpur police station against unknown people for illegal sand mining. In another case that had come to light, 180,323 metric tonnes of bauxite was illegally mined at different locations in Ran village before September 17, 2017.

The illegal miners had stolen bauxite worth Rs10,27,84,125, which upon adding the 10 percent administration charges of Rs1,02,78,412 becomes worth Rs11,36,25,383. A complaint in this regards has been registered at Kalyanpur Police Station by Mines Department inspector BG Gohil. The police has registered offences under Sec379 and MMRD act. It has also registered offences under Gujarat Mines Prevention of Illegal Mines Transportation and Storage act and investigation is underway. What is worth noting is that the government took a lot of time to awaken from its slumber while full-fledged illegal mining was happening under its nose. This is either a clear case of lax in administration of mines or the authorities were hand in glove with the illegal miners so far.