Sand transporters to go on indefinite stir


Speaking to the mediapersons, Federation president B Channa Reddy said, trucks transporting sand were being seized and penalty upto Rs one lakh was levied per trip against Rs 250 as royalty.

“The City requires around 2,000 truck loads of sand daily. At present, the Mines and Geology Department has identified some sand beds in the State and lease them to bidders. But in this system, only 30 to 35 per cent of the requirement of the City is met,” Reddy said.

According to the truckers, sand is presently supplied after collecting loading and royalty charges. The rest of the City’s requirement is met by farmers owning lands near small sand beds. “To find a solution to this problem, we had met CM B S Yeddyurappa last year and convinced him to direct the Mines and Geology Department to issue new permits. Now, officials have stopped recognising these permits and stop lorries transporting sand and even prosecute the driver and the owner. Added to this, the Motor Vehicles department has also started levying double fines for offences. So, we are now compelled to go on strike” added Reddy.

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