Minister for setting up stock points by mobilising sand from other districts

Minister for Mines and Geology Galla Arunakumari has said that in view of the scarcity of sand in Chittoor district, the department proposed to mobilise sand stocks from the neighbouring districts and maintain stock points at five or six places in the district to meet its requirements.

Talking to media persons after a review meeting with the district officials, she said that a joint team would be constituted comprising officials from the Revenue and the Mines and Geology Departments to prepare district-wise sand maps so that it could be lifted as and when required from the source points to meet the local needs. In an oblique reference to the tussle currently raging in Tirupati between the officials of the Mines Department and the sand tractor operators over the lifting of sand stocks, the Minister advised the officials to delicately handle the issue.

She implied that the officials should first try to take the sand operators on board for a smooth and procedural operation of sand lifting and advised them not to resort to extreme steps like seizure of their tractors, levying of huge penalties in the beginning itself. The Minister said the department contemplated issuing permits to sand contractors for mining of sand stocks from private lands also which would not only meet the scarcity but also provide solution to the row currently raging at Tirupati and perhaps elsewhere also.

Among the other participants were Director of Mines and Geology, Sushil Kumar, Joint Collector, Chittoor, J.V. Vijayamohan, RDOs—A. Prasad (Tirupati) and M. Subramanyam Reddy (Chittoor).