Udupi: Fishermen Urge District Administration to Withdraw Permits Given to Sand Miners


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Udupi, Jul 27: The hinterland fishermen community and people living on the banks of Suvarna River, on Thursday July 26, urged deputy commissioner (DC) Dr Reju to withdraw the temporary permits that were issued by the district administration to sand miners.

They alleged that rampant sand mining from Kadavinabagilu–Kallianpur to Nayampalli–Kallianpur, near here, despite the monsoon has posed hardships to the fishermen with dwindling fish catches and shell fish that were abundant till a few years ago. The people living along the banks of the river are worried over the imminent threat to their houses owing to reckless sand mining.

They urged the district administration to withdraw the temporary permits that were issued to sand miners who exploit the labourers from other states by using unconventional means to collect sand from the riverbed by diving.

The fishermen people living on the banks of Suvarna river, led by Dinesh Kundar Kallianpur and Arun Kundar presented a memorandum to the DC in this regard.

Comments on this Article
Prakash D, Thonse Manipal Sun, July-29-2012, 5:11
There are some factors to be noted: it Takes one million year to produce sand but it takes only 18 months to build a building and sell all the flats. Mr Leeladar is right in his logic. Mr Sadananda should work as a social worker and join hands with the agitation. Please do not blame if they take blcak money we are the fools pay them half in black.We leave our old parents in old age homes and we sell our property and buy a appartment in Manipal. after all people who went to overseas bought apartments some even sold their ancestral property to other communities and pushed their aged parents in ashram. having your home even in a 5 cent land with home, is "Home sweet home" build your own home like a house on Rock.
Shekar, Kemmannu Sun, July-29-2012, 10:24
Viewers view’s were more informative and educative than the article itself. Government woke up locked gates after Bellary was completely looted. So it is certain that mining of sand will be banned very soon as there is no sand to mine.
Leeladar, Udupi Sat, July-28-2012, 10:57
Development! yes it should be, the sand is grabbed for a very cheap rate because the local Panchayats do not levy any tax,nor anything is paid as royalty or compensation to the effected people from the region. Apartments here in the district are sold at a price of those in the metro. If we need to do something good then the benefit must be shared with the people affected. And remember when you buy an apartment here in Udupi 50:50 will be white and black. Can someone tell me where does this black money goes??
CDS, Kemmannu Sat, July-28-2012, 9:47
As per the information only 3 persons have been issued temporary lease for 3 months by paying Rs.30,000/-, there are conditions, which include, no use of JCB and mining beyond 50 meters from the shore. There are no such objections for mining using the traditional methods and wooden boats. However, the lease holders use a sort of Iron platform (stand) and mine in deep waters. For the kind information of RG, Padukudru, mining in Kemmannu has stopped long back due to protest by the locals. For Sunil, Katte Kudru is slowly vanishing because of sand mining and the skeletons are sure to come out of the once burial land. So called Kemmannu Kumara, sand accumulates only when there is high current in the rainy season. No current, no floods due to dams and scanty rainfall. Let us do some prayers in Mujurai temples at govt cost and invite devine intervention to solve this bloody problem.
Hariprasad, Kallianpura/Udupi Sat, July-28-2012, 9:34
Does any one know Why Kerala is more conscious about sand mining from river? haven’t they made development? Why the smuggling of sand from Karnataka boarders into Kerala is large scale? keeping the trucks belonged to Karnataka have been installed with navigation to detect sand smuggling via Kasarkod? The law in Kerala is tough, River protection squads have been set up to ensure that the provisions of the Sand Act are strictly complied with. Each squad is well-equipped with wireless sets and vehicles. The personnel comprise a Tahsildar, a police officer who has the rank of a sub inspector, two constables and a revenue officer. Motorboats are also provided to check illegal mining. These motorboat squads will be provided with powerful searchlights. Ramps on river beds that enabled easy vehicular activity were ordered to be abolished. All river ghats or kadavus will have permanent barricades that are made from cement concrete to block the road’s entire width and thereby, prevent vehicles from approaching closer than 25 metres and only authorized vehicles will be allowed to enter. Do we have anything like this in the district?
Kemmannu Kumara, Kemmannu Sat, July-28-2012, 3:57
One hand people talk about developments same time people want to ban sand mining, sand accumulation is natural and should be removed from river beds, construction cost of the buildings and houses will go high if some of such bans. Regulations should be bought.
S. P., Kallianpura Sat, July-28-2012, 3:17
Grains of Despair: Sand mining in India In June 2011, Swami Nigamananda Saraswati died after a four month fast in protest of sand mining on the banks of Ganga. His death is a warning. If reckless sand mining continues, the Ganga and the people whose lives and livelihoods are fueled by it will face serious consequences. (See Down To Earth article, A swami and sand mafia, http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/swami-and-sand-mafia)he environmental reasons for this ban and others across India are numerous. Sand acts as an aquifer, and as a natural carpet on the bottom of the river. Stripping this layer leads to downstream erosion, causing changes in channel bed and habitat type, as well as the deepening of rivers and estuaries, and the enlargement of river mouths. As the river system lowers, local groundwater is affected, which leads to water scarcities aggravating agriculture and local livelihoods. In terms of legal measures, ground water shortages have been noted as the patent problem with river sand mining. Less considered in legal action, but centrally relevant, experts also note substantial habitat and ecological problems, which include “direct loss of stream reserve habit
ROBOT KEM, INDIA Sat, July-28-2012, 1:10
NO SAND STONE MINING - NO BUILDING OF HOUSES. We should be practical, should not be over practical, shelter is one of the basic necessities of human beings- bring out proper rules regulations to control malpractises. TOTAL BANNING will be TOTALLY ON ROADS.
Oswin, Dubai Sat, July-28-2012, 1:07
Sadanand is proposing an out of the mind idea to charge toll of Rs. 20000/= per truck/lorry. What will be the outcome of this idea, common man should not think of building anything in the future??
Sandananda, Thonse Sat, July-28-2012, 10:45
Make them pay toll for every truck/lorry as they load sand from river boats to lorry at the docks/Kadavu; not less than Rs. 20,000/- per truck. if not flatten the tires peacefully. or drown the sand filled boats. Or fast in front of the houses who issue such sand collecting permits..
L K Bangera, Nejar Sat, July-28-2012, 8:56
These days every one is trying to grab sand. Each day hundreds of trucks and tippers laden with sand are plying from Bengre - Kemmannu and Kallianpura belt of river swarna from early morning till 9/10 AM and putting the life of small school children who walk on these narrow streets for a risk. They should not be allowed to ply in these roads anymore.
Sunil, Mudu thonse Fri, July-27-2012, 11:35
Well done Mr Dinesh kunder. We locals recommend complete ban on sand mining because the quantity of sand looted from here is beyond imagination. These sand miners has put lots of demolished building debris on the Kallianpura Jetty Dahkke right into the river obstructing the Ganesha statue immersion which is due soon on Chaturthi. The intention may be to reclaim the river by filling it with garbage and make a good docking ground for sand mining vessels. This is done with some back up from builders and politicians. We have to fight these background happenings around us or they will make us refugees on our own land by digging more sand resulting submerging the low lying Kudrus. Let’s all stand and chase them to Katte Kudru. An inquiry should be ordered to arrest those who filled the river with this refused demolished building debris in the river (Near Jetty Dahkke).
Simon Lewis, Kallianpur/UK Fri, July-27-2012, 11:30
First of all reporter should correct the name of the river its Swarna River. Its River of Gold. Sand should be removed from the rivers with the regularities else rivers will be filled with sand and the water overflows and the floods are eminent. Roads in which sand is transported should be upgraded to the weight of the load. else the roads will spoil. The sand will gather in the river which is natural. The removal sand employs so many labourers and the and helps construction work.
Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai Fri, July-27-2012, 9:50
I wonder how these small kudru plot owners who refused permission for roads on their land will now stop permission for boats on their submerged land………..
Shekar, Udupi District Fri, July-27-2012, 8:58
Mr.RG, well said, but "Bekkige Ghante kattuvarru?. Everything is a slow process..Mafia’s, Gangs are evolving. we natives and residents realize it when it is too late. Reddy’s were nobody a few years ago, but became so powerful because of illegal mining. Days are not far away, when we have our local powerful goons, who will graduate to become Mafia’s.
R G, Padukudru, Kemmannu Fri, July-27-2012, 8:34
Well done Dinesh Kundar Kallianpur and the Team. Our Hoode/Bengre/Kemmannu people looks like sleeping. The amount of sand mining from Bengre–Hoode-Kambla Thota - Kemmannu belt of Swarna River is more than kallinapur belt, still people are silent here. We the people of all these low lying small kudrus are in danger. This is the right time to protest collectively to put pressure on the district administration. I will be there in any such protest.
Sadanada, Thonse, Manipal Fri, July-27-2012, 5:23
Their concern they are on the verge of submerging, the low lying land has been washed with river erosion and farms get salt water intake during high tide. Apparently the fishermen have complained that their nets have been torn apart due to dragged by sand miners large vessels some of these vessels are employ 6 on each vessel fills a truckload of sand. The excavation in the river bed is so bad that sand miners use iron buckets, ropes, stands and ladders to get down to scoop the sand leaving big underwater pits causing devastation of marine life. Some elders of the Kallianpur have this to say ಎಂಕ್ಲೆನ ಉರುದ ಪೊಯ್ಯ ಕೊಣಪೊದ ಮಣಿಪಾಲಡ ಉಡುಪಿಡ್ ಬಿಲ್ಡಿಂಗ ಕಟ್ಟದ ಕಾಸ ಮಲ್ಪುವೆರ್. ಮಲ್ಲ ಮಲ್ಲ ಗಾಡಿಡ್ ತಿರ್ಗುವೆರ್, ಒಂಜಿ ಬಿಲ್ಡಿಂಗಡ್ ಸರಸರಿ 50 ಐವ ಪ್ಲ್ಯಾಟ, ಪ್ಲ್ಯಾಟಗ್ 45 ನಲ್ಪಾತೈನ್ ಲಕ್ಶ. ಎಂಕ್ಲೆನ ಉರುನ್ ಲಾಗಡಿ ಕಲೆಯೆರ್. ಇತ್ತೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಕಲ್ಯಾಣಪುರದ ಜನಕುಲೆಗ್ ಪ್ರತಿ ಒಂಜಿ ಕುಟುಂಬದ ಇಲ್ಲಗ್ 5 ಐನ್ ಲಕ್ಶ ಪರಿಹಾರ ಬೊಡ್ ಸರಕಾರ ಸ್ಪಂದಿಸೊಡ್ ಪಂಚಯತ ಪ್ರತಿನಿದಿಲ್ ಸೆರದ್ ಉಲ್ಲೆರ್. ಮೊಕ್ಲೆಗ್ ಕಾಸ ಕೊರ್ಪೆರ್. ರಾಜಾ ಮಟ್ಟೊಡ ತನಿಖೆ ಸುರು ಮಾಲ್ಪೊಡ.ಲೊಕಾಯುಕ್ತ ಮೊಕ್ಲೆನ ಇಲ್ಲಾಗ್ ದಾಳಿ ಮಾಲ್ಪೊಡ?
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