Minister for Public Works H.C. Mahadevappa said here on Sunday that the State government will formulate a policy to curb illegal sand mining.
Speaking to presspersons here, Mr. Mahadevappa said the government was contemplating unveiling the sand policy to ensure that the sand required for development projects was available.
“Illegal sand mining is a serious threat to ecology and it should be curbed,” Mr. Mahadevappa said and reiterated that the State government “will not tolerate illegal mining”.
The Minister underlined the need of constructing a flyover in Mandya as gridlocks are common during peak hours on Bangalore-Mysore Highway. “I will discuss about the issue with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah,” he said.
Mr. Mahadevappa stressed the urgency of putting an end to substandard works and curbing corruption in the Public Works Department. The quality of development projects would be scrutinised by the quality committee and monitoring committee of the department, he said.
Earlier, officials and elected representatives gave a grand reception to the Minister.