Karimnagar: The district administration appears to have tightened its strategy on illegal sand mining. The constitution of the district-level sand management society that was announced on Friday is a clear indication that how the officials plan to put an end to illegal sand transportation.
Participating in the district-level sand committee meeting on Friday, District Collector Sarfaraz Ahmed said the society was constituted to provide sand to public at a cheaper price, putting an end to illegal transportation.
While the Collector is Chairman of the society, DRO, RDO, AD mining and geology, tahsildars and station house officers are the members.
Inviting people’s opinion and advises by 5 pm on March 19, he asked sand transporters to register their names with the society.
It may be recalled that Information Technology and Mines Minister KT Rama Rao on January 13 instructed the Collectors and police officers to adopt sand policy being implemented in Peddapalli district where the needs of the people would be fulfilled through a sand management committee.
In the wake of increase of illegal sand mining in the district, the Collector took the decision. Recently, Karimnagar police, along with TSMDC officials, seized 100 lorries being used for sand transportation and three JCBs by conducting raids in Kazipur and Ilonipalli of Karimnagar district.
In November last year, the police with the help of drown cameras unearthed sand dumps under haystacks in the villages located around Lower Manair Dam. Illegal sand stocks were found in Elgandal and Khazipur village. About 70 lorries were also seized by the police.
Sand mafia is digging sand from rivers on the pretext of ongoing irrigation projects and local needs and dumping it in secret locations. Later, sand is being shifted to Hyderabad and other places.
Though some of the district-level officials have powers to impose fine or seize vehicles, illegal transportation continued without any interruption. Sand mafia was continuing their business with the help of some of the officials, a district-level officer said.
According to the new policy, vehicle owners who want to engage their vehicles in sand transportation should register their names with the society.
Unlike present system, except registered ones, other vehicle would not be allowed for sand transportation. Moreover, the mandal-level sand committee which would look after the matter would supply sand to the houses of the people those who book sand through online, said Mining Department officer.
Thought the permitted sand quarries were closed due to water flow, district administration identified seven other reaches, including Thanugula of Jammikunta mandal, Korkel of Veenavanka mandal, Chegurthi of Karimnagar rural, Lingapur, Veldi, and Vegurupalli of Manakondur mandal and Nedunur of Thimmapur mandal.