There is an urgent need to take steps in tune with the directions given by the government in the AP Legislative Council on illegal sand mining in Visakhapatnam district, MLC M.V.S. Sarma has said.

He wrote to the district Collector on Saturday seeking action against the sand mafia, which was indulging in illegal sand mining at Madugula, Chodavaram, and Nathavaram, where illegal stockyards were being maintained.

Mr. Sarma recalled that the government had assured that illegal sand stocks would be seized and given free to beneficiaries of schemes like Indirammma.