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Friday, September 30 2022

Karwar: Illegal transport of sand to Goa, call for action

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Karwar: The Karunada Rakshana Vedike has submitted a petition to the Deputy Commissioner demanding that the sand be prevented from being illegally transported to Goa and that sand be made available for local development and construction works. There is a shortage of sand for the work due to restriction for extraction of sand from Kali River in Karwar Taluk, it informed.

During the rainy season, poor people suffer from lack of labour for emergency construction of damaged buildings and other minor works.

As the Government has not made an alternative arrangement for sand, it is causing more problems. In the past, when a sand mining license was issued, some capitalists have stockpiled 50 to 100 lorries of sand in the vacant land, the organisation added.

President of Karunada Rakshana Vedike N. Datta has noticed and brought it to the attention of the District Administration that such people, despite not having any construction work, are stockpiling more than required and transporting them to Goa at high rates. Complaints are being heard in the public sector that sand is being unabatesly transported to Goa through our border check post at Majali for several months, he said.

There are reports that containers coming from Goa to Karwar are transporting sand illegally without any documents. Therefore, check the record of the purpose for which the sand stockpiled in the empty space is kept, if there is more sand than the requirement, it should be confiscated and seized, he said.

He also demanded that the seized sand should be given to the poor people through the concerned department or construction centre for use in construction works.

He also demanded to check the CCTV cameras of Majali border check post and get information about suspicious vehicles coming from Goa to Karwar from 10.00 pm to 5.00 am.

Prominent people such as Sunil Naika, Nagendra Anchekar, Mangesha Naika, and Madana Gunagi, Deepaka Lanjekar etc. were present at the time of filing the petition.

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