The sand committee meeting urged the authorities to distribute the sand extracted from the banks of River Hemavathi at a reasonable price for the beneficiaries of various housing schemes.
Speaking at a meeting chaired by Tahsildar Padmanabha Shastri here on Saturday, Raitha Sangha district president D R Duggappa Gowda alleged that politicians are supporting contractors. The sand policy is being violated in the district by the PWD officials. The officials should distribute the sand among the beneficiaries as per the new sand policy, he demanded.
He said that there is a need to preserve the banks of the rivers in Malnad. “One tractor of sand is sold at Rs 4,500 in Malnad. As a result, the housing scheme beneficiaries are not able to purchase sand for the construction of houses. The sand is available at cheaper rate in other districts,” he complained.
Farmer Puttaswamy Gowda said that sand stockyards should be opened at Handpost and Bettadamane. The department officials should distribute sand after collecting royalty, he added.
Tahsildar Padmanabha Shastri said that the minutes of the meeting will be brought to the notice of the deputy commissioner. Measures will be taken to distribute sand by the PWD at Rs 250 per cubic metre.