JKPCB conducts public hearing at Kishenpur, Manwal

Jammu: J&K Pollution Control Board Jammu conducted a Public Hearing at Panchayat Ghar, Kishenpur Manwal, District Jammu.
The Public Hearing was conducted as a part of the Environmental Clearance process under EIA for Mining of Minor Minerals (River Bed Mining) Project at Tawi River Downstream Railway Bridge, Kishenpur Manwal for four numbers of Blocks. These Blocks are 7(1/7), 8(1/8), 3(1/3) at Village Kishenpur and 5(1/5) situated at village Bathuna.
The panel for said public hearing was comprised of SDM Chowki Choura Chand Kishore Sharma, Divisional Officer, J&K PCB Jammu North Arshad Nazir Malik, representative of the District Magistrate, Jammu, representative of Regional Director, J&K PCB Jammu.
The Environmental Management Plan prepared for mining of minerals from the said blocks was explained to the general public by the Environmental Consultant representing the Project Proponent Nagar Singh Choudhary. It was followed by detailed public discussions and expression of opinions on various aspects of the plan. A large number of queries were answered on the spot by the Project Consultant. All the issues raised were patiently heard and recorded in detail. The entire proceedings were also video graphed for onward submission to the appropriate authority i.e. State level Environmental impact assessment authority (SEIAA).
The Public Hearing was attended by a large number of people including Sarpanches and Panches of adjoining Panchayats, prominent citizens and residents of Village Kishenpur, Manwal, Bathuna and adjoining areas besides officials of Geology & Mining Department.