Sand Transport: 10-Wheeler trucks denied permission.

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Mangaluru, April 8:  Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim along with the mines and geology department has passed orders to ban 10-wheeler trucks from transporting sand as the number of illegal sand transportation is increasing which has adverse effects on environment and roads as well.

During a meeting held at the DC’s office here on Tuesday April 7th, DC passed these orders along with orders to install CCTV cameras at Sampaje, Talapady, Charmady, and Suratkal check-posts to monitor illegal sand transportation.

Officials of the Department of Mines and Geology, transport, revenue and other departments were issued the orders and directed to follow.

DC said, roads get damaged by the 10-wheeler trucks which transport sand. Moreover, the quantity of sand loaded in these trucks is beyond the permissible limits. As there is no provision to carry sand outside the district, 10-wheeler trucks are not needed for sand transport and hence we have decided to ban sand transportation by 10-wheeler trucks. The concerned officers have been directed to seize and initiate suitable actions against the trucks which violate rules.

DC further stated that one day validity is granted for the permit issued to transport one load of sand, but transporters take permits for two to four days and use them as they wish.

The officials should ensure that transporters are bound to the rules and sand is transported only between the designated destinations in time, said the DC.

The DC said that dredging machinery is not required for sand mining, if found to be used it has to be seized by the local tahsildar.

In response, the officials said that even if they seize the dredging machinery, it would be difficult to transport it or keep in their possession because of the bulky nature of machinery. To this, the DC replied that officials who seize such machinery will be rewarded and also costs will be borne from corpus funds.

A B Ibrahim also instructed the officials to inspect and obtain complete details on sand which is transported in the name of  readymix cement and be alert concerned to the same. Such centres are there in Ullal, Konaje, Baikampady and surrounding areas of Netravati.

During the meet, ZP CEO Srividya, RTO Afzal Ahmed Khan and other officials were present among others.

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