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Dam backwaters not spared by illegal sand mining

Dam backwaters not spared by illegal sand mining

Mangalore Today News Network

Mangaluru, May 23,2017: It is reported that illegal sand extraction continues to thrive in parts of Dakshina Kannada, including Bantwal, the constituency of Minister for Forests, Environment and Ecology, B. Ramanath Rai. This is despite stringent action being initiated by the Police Department.

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After the licence period for sand extraction in rivers under Coastal Regulatory Zone ended in April second week, sand extractors appeared to have gone up-stream the Netravathi.

Sand extraction continues unabated in the backwaters of Thumbe vented dam built across the Netravathi meant to provide drinking water to Mangaluru residents.Sand extractors have been using large steel boats and extract the sand with the help of baskets tied to long bamboo poles, a method practiced to extract sand in CRZ areas.

Sources in Public Works Department maintained that the area covered by backwaters does not fall under CRZ area; permits to extract sand should be given either by PWD or Mines and Geology Department.

In this case neither the PWD nor the Mines and Geology Department have issued permits to extract sand in the backwaters, sources said confirming illegal extraction.

DK DC Dr K.G. Jagadeesha said that he would immediately ask the officials concerned to look into the matter.

Superintendent of Police Bhushan Gulabrao Borase told  media representatives  that immediate action would be taken against illegal sand extraction.  He said though containing illegal sand mining is not the core duty of the police, they are forced to act against it. The department has opened rowdy sheet against at least 90 persons who habitually indulge in illegal sand extraction in the district.

More than 40 boats used for illegal sand extraction have been seized and it is becoming difficult for the department to guard them, SP mentioned.

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Comments on this Article
Rakhi hamza, Manipal Tue, May-23-2017, 2:17
Lack of law and order is the reason behind such incidents
Sudeep Acharya, Mangaluru Tue, May-23-2017, 1:48
The action is taken on illegal sand extractors but still they go on with it why?
Tina Salian, bantwal Tue, May-23-2017, 1:12
Though sand mining is illegal it is going on at large
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