The State government has decided to issue special security paper permits (SSPP) to curb duplication of permits issued for sand extraction and transportation. The Public Works Department (PWD) will issue the SSPPs from June 10 across the State.

The initiative is expected to check misuse of permits by lorry owners. The SSPPs will have 11 security features, including a hologram of the Department of Mines of Geology and barcode, and will be printed in multiple colours. Hitherto, lorry owners were using one permit multiple times for illegal transportation of sand.

At a press conference here on Friday, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T.B. Jayachandra and Public Works Minister H.C. Mahadevappa said the permit would be valid for transportation of sand only once. Only vehicles registered with the PWD were eligible to transport sand from the stockyard, located on nearby riverbed, to individual, retail or wholesale buyers. All such vehicles were equipped with radio frequency identification device, they said.

They said the government had banned extraction of sand from riverbeds by individuals and lorry owners. A committee headed by Deputy Commissioner would fix the sand price depending on the cost incurred to store it, they said.

The Ministers said an important feature of the new permit was that if any one takes a photocopy of it, the word ‘Copy’ appears on the duplicate. The validity of each permit was only for one trip. The new permits had been dispatched to deputy commissioners.

5,500 sand blocks

As many as 5,500 sand blocks have been identified during 2013–14, and extraction was going on in more than 1,200 places. Closed-circuit television cameras would be set up at all stockyards to keep vigil, the Ministers said. They said preference would be given to individuals than bulk users for supplying sand. The cost of transportation should be borne by customers. The department would identify and take action if somebody makes bulk booking.

The PWD would make provision, with the help of new software, to enable customers to book sand online, the Ministers said. Customers could also book sand through BangaloreOne or KarnatakaOne centres by paying cash. The new software would be introduced in six months.

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