Steps to start sand distribution urged

Even though the stay on extraction of sand, given by green tribunal has been cleared, the district administration is not taking any measures to distribute sand, alleged Karnataka Raitha Sangha State Secretary M Manjunath.

Briefing reporters, in Chikkamagaluru, on Wednesday, he said as per the conditions of environment clearance letter, the letter has to be displayed at Zilla Panchayat, Taluk Panchayat, Gram Panchayat and Tahsildar offices, to invite tenders, within seven days after the receipt of the letter.

A detailed board indicating the altitude and latitudes should have been erected, after marking the borders at sand mines. But, none of the processes has been started, he said.
Even after two months of issue of the letter, the DC has not taken any initiative to distribute sand to poor and to the beneficiaries of Ashraya housing scheme. No information has been given to public regarding the quality of sand being transported from Mangaluru.

The district administration should identify the GPS centres in sand mines and should display the details in the area. But, the existing maps prepared by the district administration and the exact location of sand mines, have a mismatch, he said.

Manjunath denied the allegations that the Raitha Sangha is the reason for the shortage of sand. He said that the association has been striving for the welfare of people and it has not involved in anti-social activities.

Association district President M C Basavaraj, General Secretary T A Manjunath, leaders Puttaswamegowda, H C Rajashekhar and others were present.

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