Dakshina Kannada should have a separate sand mining policy that takes care of local needs, said MLA U.T. Khader here on Saturday.
Addressing presspersons, Mr. Khader said that even though the government had issued an order stating that the coastal districts should be exempted from the sand policy for the rest of the State, the order had not been implemented.
Already, sand which should have cost Rs. 1,000 was bought at Rs. 7,000. People should not pay more than the actual value of the sand, he said.
The tender for the Asian Development Bank-funded Coastal Protection and Management Investment programme through which beach erosion will be addressed in Ullal, was likely to be published in the World Trade Journal soon, Mr. Khader said. Once this was done, firms which wished to bid for the project would have two months time to visit the area and gauge whether the project was feasible or not, he said. He did not however, know when the tender would be published, and only said that it would be done soon.
Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda should immediately call a meeting of elected representatives and officials to discuss the overall development of the district, he said.
The Chief Minister should also sanction Rs. 50 lakh, double the amount granted last year for the Rani Abbakka Utasav, Mr. Khader said.
Keywords: sand mining