The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had directed
the Andhra Pradesh government to deposit ₹100 crore environment compensation for
illegal sand mining.
NGT’s direction came in the backdrop of a plea which
had alleged illegal sand mining was causing damage to the Krishna and Godavari
rivers and their tributaries in the state.
Following NGT’s order mining reaches that are in
the vicinity of Vijayawada and Guntur have been closed. This has severely
impacted the construction industry.
The National Green Tribunal was established in
2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010. The responsibility of the
tribunal is to work on the disposal of cases related to environmental
protection, conservation of forests and other natural resources.