Administration takes notice of illegal excavation on riverbeds in Dir

TIMERGARA:  Taking notice of the media report and directives from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government the Lower Dir deputy commissioner Saadat Hassan chaired a meeting of all stakeholders here the other day to immediately stop illegal mining and excavation on river banks in the district.

District Police Officer Arif Shabaz Wazir, Additional Deputy Commissioner Ishfaq Ahmad Tarani, assistant director Mines & Minerals development department, Executive Engineer irrigation Muhammad Suhail Khan and others attended the meeting. Various issues pertaining to illegal excavation of gravel and sand were discussed. The DC and DPO assured complete administrative support to the Mines & Minerals Department in implementing the section 56 of the Mines and Mineral Act, 2019. The assistant Director of Minerals development was directed to lodge FIRs against the violators. The DC also conveyed the instruction of provincial government to the participants and asked them to make collective efforts to stop illegal excavation of gravel and sand on riverbeds. He directed the XEN irrigation department to curtail excavation in the Panjkora River and other tributaries in the district and sensitise the ‘Baldar’ of the Department to ensure their presence on duty. The participants agreed to strictly check illegal mining and excavation on river banks.

Also in the day the district and session judge Kulsoom Azam held a meeting with the stake holders at her office and asked them to register cases against the violators under the law.    It merits mentioning here that the Frontier Post on Jan, 13 published a story regarding illegal and unchecked excavation of sand and gravel damaging riverbeds in Lower Dir.

Subsidized flour: The Lower Dir administration on Wednesday asked the owners of all seven flour mills to provide 6800 bags of subsidised wheat flour to local residents on daily bases. In this regard the additional deputy commissioner Ashfaq Ahmad Tarani chaired a meeting of flour mills’ owners, local traders and officials of food department. Besides other assistant commissioner Timergara Shah Jamil Khan, district food controller Abu Bakar, President Anjuman Tajaran Timergara Haji Anwar ud Din, general secretary Haji Liaq Zada and owners of flour mills attended the meeting. The meeting was informed that 157 Tons of subsidised wheat was being provided to seven flour mills according to their quota in the district daily. The DFC told the meeting that Rs 808 had been fixed for 20 kg of flour bag. He said the mills had directed to provide 950 flour bags to specified dealers on daily basis. He said that 6800 bags of flour were being provided to the market. He said that 2300 bags were provided to Timergara, 2000 to Adenzai, 1000 to Lal Qilla and 1500 to Samar Bagh daily. The DFC said that 620 bags were provided daily to Bajaur.

The ADC directed the mills’ owners to ensure supply of subsidised flour to the markets. He said there was no crisis of flour in the district. The millers were also asked to strictly follow the government rates and specified weight. He said that in case of violation the mills would be sealed and their quota would be suspended.