Mangaluru, April 23, 2015: Continuing action on sand transportation, the district administration, it seized from various parts of Dakshina Kannada district (DK) over 90 sand filled lorries.
At Adyaru, Arkula and Kallapu in Mangaluru taluk, officials seized 15 lorries, one earth mover and seven bulldozers. In Bantwal, officials visited various places and seized 36 lorries which were overloaded and 12 lorries for not obtaining valid permits to transport sand. Apart from this, nine lorries in Belthangady, three in Moodbidri, eight in Puttur and 10 lorries in Sullia taluk have been seized.
DK DC Adoor B Ibrahim had issued guidelines to regulate sand extraction and transportation. One condition was to allow the transportation of only 10 tonnes of sand in a lorry for which permit is issued. The Mines and Geology Department had been asked to install CCTV cameras for strict vigil on the trucks.
Tahsildars have been asked to raid sand extraction units to check the illegal sand extraction and overloading of lorries. Accordingly, revenue officials with the help of police stopped vehicles that were carrying sand far beyond the prescribed limits. As many as 75 vehicles were seized in the operation that was held in different parts of the district.
In the last two-days a total of 177 vehicles have been seized. The DC has congratulated Tahsildars for preventing illegal sand extraction and transportation. The drive against illegal sand extraction and overloaded trucks transporting sand will continue.
He has cautioned illegal sand trade to obtain valid permits from the authorities for extraction and transportation of sand. He also said trucks were allowed to carry 10 per cent more than the permitted load. Anything more than that is illegal.