Mangaluru, June 7, 2015: DK District magistrate and DC Adoor B Ibrahim issued orders banning transportation of sand from Dakshina Kannada to other district with immediate effect. The ban order was issued following complaints on shortage of sand for construction activities within the district.
B Sadashiva Prabhu, additional deputy commissioner informed that local people are facing difficulties in procuring sand for construction of various types in the district. The district administration has received several complaints in this regard from general public and people’s representatives. Hence, district in-charge minister B Ramanath Rai and DK DC Ibrahim held a meeting with officials of the department of mines and geology on June 6. The meet resolved to ban transportation of sand to other districts completely.
It may be recalled that the district administration has already banned sand mining completely from June 15 to August 31. This total ban on sand mining has been promulgated to facilitate breeding of aquatic life during monsoon. Prabhu said that there is no change in the monsoon ban on sand mining activities.
Civil Contractors Association members complain that illegal transportation of sand to other districts and other states leads to shortage crisis in Dakshina Kannada. They say that an average of 6,000 - 8,000 tons of sand is being transported illegally to other districts from Dakshina Kannada.