Mangaluru, May 25 2019: The Dakshina Kannada district administration has embarked on an ambitious plan to ensure hassle-free sand supply to residents through a web-portal and App on which the entire process — from booking sand to getting delivery — takes place online.
It is said to be the first of its kind in the entire country where the entire process — from booking till delivery — is made online ensuring transparency.
At present, under trial, the system, directly monitored by the district sand monitoring committee, involves the customer, the transporter and the sand permit holder (Dhakke owner). It is made applicable to sand available in the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) at present and later, may be extended to non-CRZ areas too, according to sources.
A buyer can visit https://www.dksandbazaar.com and enter his mobile phone number to proceed further with the help of a one-time password (OTP) sent to him. The customer has to provide name, email address and residential address before indicating the quantity (3 tonnes, 7 tonnes and 10 tonnes) and quality (coarse, medium and fine). He could either select the source (Dhakke) of sand or else the system itself would select the Dhakke nearest to the customer.
At present, Rs. 500 is fixed per tonne as the price for sand, excluding transportation. Transportation charges are fixed at Rs. 2,000 up to a distance of 20 km, after which the customer has to pay Rs. 50 per additional kilometre. For a 10-tonne load, the total amount comes to Rs. 5,775, including duties. Then, the customer has to make online payment of the amount. The portal is mobile friendly, while the committee would soon launch an App for the customer too.
Once the order is placed, the Dhakke owner concerned gets an alert on his App, while a transporter can pick the order through his App. The transporter reaches the Dhakke and shares the OTP with the Dhakke owner before loading the sand. The customer has to provide the OTP received by him to the transporter once the consignment reaches him to get delivery.
The Dhakke owner as well as the transporter would receive their money in three-five days in their respective bank accounts.
Already, 12 orders have been booked of which two have been delivered, sources said.