GPS a must for sand trucks, boats:DC

GPS a must for sand trucks, boats:DC

GPS a must for sand trucks, boats:DC

Installation of GPS is mandatory for trucks and boats used for sand mining, Deputy Commissioner Sasikumar Senthil said.

Chairing the sand monitoring committee meet here at the DC's office, he said that those boats which are used for sand mining should be painted in a particular colour depending on the rivers. Similarly, all the trucks involved in transporting of sand should clearly mention 'sand transportation vehicle' on their trucks.

Stating that tenders have been called for supplying GPS instruments, he said that within 15 days of issuing the working order to supply GPS instruments, arrangements will be made for the same in each taluk centre. Similar arrangements will be made for the boats too, he added.

He said that the vehicle number will be mentioned in the permit itself and all the vehicles should mandatorily furnish their documents to the mining department.
Meanwhile, steps will be taken to set up yards in each taluk to store seized sand and trucks and security too will be enhanced in each yard. He said steps will be taken to set up check posts on all the 12 roads that link Dakshina Kannada and Kerala and eight roads that link Dakshina Kannada with other districts.

Noting that permits have been issued to 41 persons coming under CRZ, the deputy commissioner said that all of them have been directed to strictly follow the sand transportation/mining rules. In case of any violation, permits of such vehicles will be suspended, he warned.

He said that some applications which fulfil the requirements are under scrutiny.
Senthil also said that a total of three blocks in Nethravathi, two in Phalguni, one in Gundia and seven blocks in Kumaradhara rivers that come under non-CRZ limits have been identified and the same has been spread over 81 acres. The deputy commissioner directed officials of the mining department to call for tenders and distribute the same as per norms.

If anybody is found violating the stipulated rules, such vehicles will be seized and they will have to produce twice the value of the seized vehicle towards guarantee, he warned.

ZP CEO Dr M R Ravi, SP Sudheer Kumar Reddy, Additional DC Kumar, DCP Uma Prashanth, Mines and Geology Department Deputy Director Sumithra among others were present.