Mangaluru: August 30, 2015: Nearly 60 families, who reside at Uliya Kudru (island) near Adyar, are gearing up for a fight to protect their island. The grave concern of the residents of Uliya Kudru is the illegal sand mining on the Nethravathi river bed that surrounds their island.
Although the district administration had banned sand mining on the river near the island, racketeers are at it again, allege residents. They say that sand is extracted illegally and transported to Kerala. Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) district committee is now gearing up to hold a protest to prevent illegal sand mining.
DYFI members have urged the district administration to revise the sand policy.
DYFI district president Imthiyaz BK and residents of Uliya Kudru told reporters that sand is illegally extracted using machines from the Nethravathi riverbeds at Pavoor, Harekala, and Adyar.
"Sand is illegally transported to Kerala. Illegal sand mining poses a threat to residents of Uliya Kudru, who depend mainly on agriculture. Those who carry out illegal sand mining threaten residents who question it," Imthiyaz said, adding that several memorandums have been submitted to the district administration.
On August 28, 2014, the district administration had banned sand mining within 1km reach of the island. However, the order was revised on March 28, 2015, allowing sand mining in the riverbed 500m from the island, Imthiyaz said.
"Although there is restriction, they are carrying out mining within 500m of the island. Sand extracted illegally is being stored on the banks at Adyar and Pavoor. They create artificial sand shortage crisis just to increase the price. In the meantime, sand is also transported illegally to Kerala. We urge the government to revise the sand policy and prevent illegal sand mining," Imthiyaz said, adding that a protest will be held if the demands of Uliya Kudru residents are not fulfilled.