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Lorry owners come out against illegal transportation of sand

Jeevan Chinnappa
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They blame the PWD for its inept handling of the situation

Aplenty:Stocks of sand ready for being loaded onto trucks near Chamundi Hills in Mysore.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
Aplenty:Stocks of sand ready for being loaded onto trucks near Chamundi Hills in Mysore.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

The agreement between the district administration and the Lorry Owners' Association on supply of sand from the yards appears to have run into rough weather. Lorry owners have been complaining that sand was being illegally transported from T. Narsipur and Nanjangud areas to other parts of the district as well as Bangalore.

B. Kodandaram, president of the association, has alleged that huge loads of sand were being illegally transported to Bangalore regularly during nighttimes.

Each load of sand measuring 5.5 cubic m would cost the consumer Rs. 7,500 apart from Rs. 200 towards unloading charges within the district.

Cost

Lorry owners lift sand from the yards after paying Rs. 4,000 per load to the Public Works Department. Transportation within the district would cost about Rs. 3,500, apart from the unloading charges of Rs. 200.

Speaking to The Hindu , Ramesh, member of the association, alleged that currency notes were allegedly kept along with old permit documents and shown at the check-posts along T. Narsipur road.

The personnel at the check-post would collect the money, and let the lorries go past without verifying the permits, he alleged.

Superintendent of Police R. Dilip said that if there were any specific complaints of police connivance at any of the check-posts, anyone could lodge a complaint.

If the persons involved were found guilty, they would not be spared, he said. Sand business involved many other departments as well, and it was a collective responsibility of all, according to him.

Shortage

Sand is available in huge quantities in the district, but the PWD is being blamed for its inept handling of the situation for want of staff. Why raids were not being conducted along the T. Narsipur-Bannur route? Mr. Kodandaram asked.

This route is the centre point of illegal business, and a load was being sold at a low cost of even Rs. 2,300, he alleged.

The lorry owners were sore that they were not getting at least a permit from the PWD every day.

The one or two permits being issued by the PWD to each lorry in a week had rendered the business unviable, they complained.

This was against the assurances given by Medical Education Minister and district in-charge S.A. Ramdas at the time of signing of the agreement, Mr. Kodandaram said.

Regional Transport Officer Siddappa Kallera confirmed that nearly 900 lorries had registered with the RTO for sand transportation, abiding by the regulations.

He accused the district administration and the police of being callous about the complaints lodged by the association to check the illegal transportation of sand.

Also, there were allegations that sand was being extracted from under the bridges in T. Narsipur, which was against the mining norms.


  • Association questions why raids are not being conducted along T. Narsipur-Bannur route

  • Police accused of being callous about the complaints lodged by the association


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