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Sand mining allowed in the district, only for internal use

Mangaluru: Finally, the district sand incharge committee has permission for snad mining for use within the district.
The committee met on Thursday July 23 and took up the complaints by public against sand mining and the problems created by banning the sand transportation. Considering the fact that many building works and other important constrcution have been halted due to lack of sand, the committee gave permission for sand mining till August 31. The meeting was presided over by DC A.B Ibrahim. But the committee has strictly banned the interstate transportation of sand.

The committee has also ordered that the sand should be lifted manually. No mining on holidays. On working days the sand can be lifted from 9am to 5pm. Only 10 permits can be given for every acre, it is decided in the meeting.

  • Published in Mangaluru

19 sand lorries taken into custody in Moodbidri

Moodbidri: On the orders by DC the inspection of sand lorries are at high preference and Moodbidri tahsildar Mohammad Isak led team has seized 19 lorries that were transporting sand illegally. Rs 20000 are charged as fine for them.

Since past three days inspection of lorries are going on in Mijar, the illegal sand transportation has detected. The lorries were loaded with sand over the limit. Tahsildar has informed the media that the lorries without permit will be seized and FIR will be filed against them.

  • Published in Moodabidri

Illegal extraction of sand along Lakshmantirtha continues

Mysuru: Illegal extraction of sand is reported to be taking place at Lakshmantirtha, a tributary of Cauvery, along the fringes of Nagarahole National Park near here to meet the demand of sand by the construction industry, which has been severely hit by the Supreme Court ban on riverbed mining.

The large-scale extraction of sand from the riverbed near Konanahosahalli and Billenahosahalli in Hunsur taluk, which has been continuing for the last several months with impunity, is believed to have created large craters along the course of the river that bisects Mathigodu and Veeranahosahalli ranges of the national park.

Sources told The Hindu that around 150 to 200 trucks transport the illegally extracted sand every day. Sharing photographic evidence of the plundering of the riverbed, the sources said that the course of the river is pockmarked by craters that are more than 7 feet in depth. “Right now, the water flow in the stream is less due to the onset of summer. But, when the river flows during and after the monsoon, anyone venturing into the river gets caught unawares as the depth of the river would have sunk due to the sand extraction”, the source added.

Apart from the iron boats, which are conventionally used in the mining of sand, the mafia is believed to have deployed excavators for more effective extraction of sand from the riverbed. Sand is usually extracted by workers, who sail in an iron boat to the middle of the river, dive down and manually lift the sand from the riverbed and load it onto the boat. But, here the mafia is dipping the iron boat into the river and scraping the riverbed of its sand and pulling the boat with ropes before loading the sand onto the waiting trucks. When The Hindu brought the matter to the notice of Minister for Forests B. Ramanath Rai during his visit to the city on Friday, Mr. Rai checked up with officials of the department, including Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), Wildlife, Vinay Luthra, and Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife, C. Srinivasan, and clarified that the illegal activity was not taking place inside the forest limits. “We can act only when the illegal extraction is taking place inside the forests”.

However, sources pointed out that the illegal extraction of sand was taking place barely 20 to 25 metres away from the forest boundaries. Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police, Mysuru district, Abhinav Khare said he would look into the matter.
  • Published in Karnataka

Illegal sand mining area raided: 19 lorries seized

Kundapur: Excise officers, Kundapur police and geosciences officers raided the illegal sand mining spot in Anagalli in Hrikudru here on Friday January 23 and seized 6 sand laden lorries and another 13 lorries parked at the site.

Many families in Herikudru are in danger of losing their lands as sand mining is in rampant in this region. Locals had complained about the sand mafia to the related department.

Few days ago district commissioner had ordered to raid the illegal sand mining sites. Acting on the order Kundapur sub divisional officer Charulatha Somal had raided the spot and seized 7 lorries. But the very next day sand mining was active in the region.

On Friday afternoon the raid was conducted under the leadership of geosciences department officer Latha Kulakarni and 19 lorries have been seized. Excise officer Timmappa Shettigar, Angalli village municipal PDO Anil Biradar, Village accountant Dinesh, Kundapur station officer Nasir Hussain were present during the raid.


  • Published in Udupi
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