Jajpur, July 11: Even as illegal mining of laterite stone by the stone mafia is increasing by leaps and bounds, the administration is sleeping tight.
Several places under Darpan tahsil in the district are blessed with huge natural resources including laterite stone. The district administration has ‘poor’ control over the areas as a result, stone mafias quarry laterite stone from the hilly area. They also export the stone in and out of the district.
On the other hand, the local residents also suffer due to the illegal stone quarry. They have also informed the local administration in this regard, but no action has been taken. “Rampant quarrying also serious pollution in the area”, alleged local residents.
They have demanded the district collector to look into the matter and take action against stone mafias.