Removal of excess sand allowed as per the directions of Union Ministry - Pramod Madhwaraj

Richard Dsouza
Kemmannu News Network, 12-09-2017 07:57:13

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Udupi : The district administration had only permitted to removal excess sand as per the directions of the Union Ministry of Environment and the courts and the permit holders should remove sand only from the designated areas, Pramod Madhwaraj, District in-charge Minister.

Speaking to sand extraction permit holders at Deputy Commissiner’s office during his surprise visit to the Department of Mines and Geology on Monday, 11th September, Pramod Madhwaraj said that the administration had given permission for the removal of sand bars in Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) where sand had accumulated and was obstructing the movement of boats. He said the environmental protection was accorded priority.

The sand extractors said that the GPS instrument was available for 3,500 a piece in other districts. The Officers told that Rs. 9,700 was needed for the GPS equipment to be installed in a vehicle transporting sand and Rs. 19,000 was needed for one on a sand extraction boat.

Pramod Madhwaraj asked the officials that he sought details of the steps taken by the Department of Mines and Geeology.

As per the direction of the Union Ministry of Environment and the courts, the administration had only permitted the removal of excess sand and permit holders should remove sand only from the designated areas only.

The administration had imposed conditions for the sand extraction for permit holders. In the sense that there should not legal problems or further stay orders from the courts in future. Pramod Madhwaraj also said that the district administration want sand to be available for people in the district at lower prices and do not want sand from the district to be transported elsewhere. It is clear that some persons are interested in getting the process of sand removal stopped.

The officers said that two technicians have been appointed in Udupi and three each in Brahmavar and Kundapur to keep track of the movements of GPS equipped vehicles transporting sand.

Pramod Madhwaraj said that if permit holders face any problems of delay by officers following all regulations, they can approach me and I will take immediate action.

He directed Kodandaramaiah, Senior Geologist of Mines and Geology department that to allow only those permit holders who followed all regulations and restrictions to remove the sand bars.

He alleged against the baseless allegations on M-sand issues. I do not have any hand or links with the M-Sand. The Government of Karnataka is promoted the M-Sand as per the government’s policies. The baseless allegations on me by persons who want to hinder the development of the district and their political gains. They wanted to destroy the sand mining in the district. It will be the priority of the district administration is to ensure the supply of sand along with to preserve the nature also.

Priyanka Mary Francis, Deputy Commissioner of Udupi district was present.

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