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Manipal: Wholesome sand policy for coastal areas needed

Manipal: Wholesome sand policy for coastal areas needed

Mangalore Today News Network

Manipal, Sep 04, 2015: Speaking at the zilla panchayat general body meeting on Sept 3, MLC -  Prathapchandra Shetty said that the sand mining and the rates fixed for the sand bags are matter of concern and demanded clarifications over the allotment of sand blocks and also the price charged for sand. 

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He added that he will protest in front of the Zilla Panchayath office, if the lack of reasoning continues.  The sand mining activities taken up at the CRZ and non-CRZ is rampantly misused by the people to whom the licences are issued he said.

Meanwhile, members at the meeting unanimously raised voice against corruption charges, in the allocations of sand blocks.   Kundapur Taluk Panchayath president said, nearly 150 trucks transport the sand with three permits and the roads are damaged. A large number of labourers are into the trade.

Zilla Panchayat Executive Engineer said, that the permits and allocations at CRZ areas will be taken care of by the Mines and Geology Department, while, PWD is entrusted with the responsibility of non-CRZ area. A letter has been written to the government demanding a separate integrated sand policy for the entire three coastal districts in the state.

He said there are 11 sand blocks in non-CRZ area in the district, of which four are in Kundapur, two in Udupi and five in Karkala. Out of which two are allotted to National Highway Authority and the royalty of about 21 lakh is collected. He said the sand rate is Rs 60 per cubic meter of sand.

MLC Prathapchandra Shetty urged that the CCTV cameras should be fixed at gram panchayaths where the sand mining is taken up. The footages will provide details about the number of trips carried out. Service charges are exempted in order to mislead on the number of trips. Sand mining is done even at mangroves.Days are not far, when Udupi will follow the footsteps of Bellary. Constructions works are stalled owing to the high prices of sand bags. Member Ananth Muwadi complained that sand bags are transported illegally to the neighbouring areas and the local people are facing shortage of sand. The house took up unanimous resolution demanding the installation of CCTV cameras at gram panchayats.The cases of cattle thefts reported in the district, irregularities at the BCM hostels were the other issues which were discussed at the meet.

Zilla Panchayat president Savitha Kotian directed the District Officer, Social Welfare Department to pay regular visits to the hostels. Replying to a query on the applications received under 94C and Akrama-Sakrama, the officer said previously 9887 applications were received, of which 9823 are denotified. In 2014, 21218 applications are received under 94C in the district. December end is the last date for applications.

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