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Gravel extraction concern

Shayal Devi
Saturday, February 10, 2018

THE Mineral Resources Department has identified a case in the Mosi river in Nadi where illegal river gravel extraction has been a problem.

The department said this was an issue affecting many river systems around the country.

"During a monthly inspection by the Department of Mineral Resources, illegal extraction of gravel by SSS Investment was spotted as the company does not have a licence from the Department of Lands to extract gravel," the department said in a statement.

"The Lands Department is the authority which issues licence for such river gravel and sand extraction.

"There have been many reports of illegal extractions, with a recent complaint leading to the confiscation of equipment of HRF Investment on January 4, 2018."

The department said investigations would be conducted with the inclusion of all stakeholders.

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