Mangaluru, Feb 17, 2018: Even as the district administration is making preparations for implementing sand mining policy in the district, illegal sand extraction on the banks of river Nethravathi is thriving by the day.
Villagers of Bedrodi in Bajathooru and Mugeradka in Mogru allege that illegal sand extraction is being carried out unabated. With the illegal sand mining being carried out unabated, the common man is finding it difficult to get sand at an affordable price to carry out the construction work. Villagers state that the movement of sand trucks during night time is causing inconvenience to them.
Illegal sand mining is being carried out from two locations in Bedrodi and two locations in Mugeradka. As both the places have direct access to the national highway, mining is being carried out with ease. To ensure that nobody knows about illegal sand extraction, sand is being transported in a pick-up vehicle from the banks of the river.
According to villagers, pick-up vehicles are being used for transportation of sand from Bedrodi and Mugeradka for the last two months. In reply to a query, sand extractors claim that sand is used for personal use and for construction of houses. However, the claim is far from truth, the villagers state. The beneficiaries of housing projects find it difficult to procure sand for the construction of houses. A load of sand in a pick-up vehicle costs Rs 4,000 while a load of sand in a lorry costs Rs 12,000.
There are complaints of illegal sand mining being carried out in Kumaradhara river at Kadaba, Hosmata, Koila, Alankaru, Shanthimugeru, Konthoory and Ulipu region as well.