Mangaluru, July 23, 2015: As per reports, Officials of Mines and Geology Department at night July 22, seized nine trucks for illegal sand transportation at two different locations near Mangaluru.
The officials seized four trucks near Hoigebazar in the southern part of the city close to Nethravati river. Officials said the trucks were parked to get sand loads from the river banks. The seized trucks have been handed over to the jurisdictional police.
Five sand-laden trucks were seized near Addur on the banks of Phalguni (Gurupura) on July 22, noon. The officials handed over the trucks to the jurisdictional Bajpe police, before releasing them on collecting Rs. 60,000 as penalty. Senior geologist Nagendrappa, officials including Somashekhara Murthy, Mahadevappa and driver Channappa were part of the team.
The district administration has banned sand excavation from river beds in the coastal regulation zone area during the monsoon — June to August. Construction activity in the district has almost come to a standstill and frequent attempts are being made to illegally transport sand.