The ban on export of pebbles, sand and other river materials from Chure range to India came into effect today.
Minister of Forest and Soil Conservation Mahesh Acharya had, on March 6, announced in the Parliament the government’s decision to ban export of river materials from Chure range to foreign countries from July 17. Jib Raj Koirala, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies said the ministry banned the export of river materials as per the Cabinet decision.
District Development Committee in the Chure range will now have to implement the government’s decision.
Haphazard exploitation of river materials has caused degradation of environment in the Chure range, which could lead to desertification of lower lands in the Tarai. It is because of this fear that the government has given priority to protect the environment of Chure range and has also formed a committee under the patronage of President Ram Baran Yadav to ensure the same.