MLAs appeal for old sand policy to be restored

S.S. Mallikarjun, Davangere MLA, D.G. Shanthana Gowda, Honnali MLA, Vadnal Rajanna, Chennagiri MLA, Shivamurthy Naika, Maykonda MLA, have expressed their concern over the non-availability of sand for construction in the district. Development works have been stopped due to the non-availability of sand. The scarcity had forced people constructing houses, to stop or suspend construction work

At the tri-monthly Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) meeting held here on Tuesday, the MLAs urged Shamanur Shivashankarappa, Horticulture Minister and district in-charge, to hold a district-level Task Force meeting and to allow contractors to supply sand for construction purposes. They appealed to the Minister to examine whether the old sand policy could be restored so as to ensure availability of sand on a daily basis.

Mr. Shivashankarappa, who chaired the KDP meeting, said that the problem also prevailed in many districts, including Shimoga, Haveri, Bellary and Mysore. He said that permission to procure and sell sand had to be obtained from the Ministry of Environment and Forest.

MLAs across the State have decided to put pressure on the Chief Minister to take a stand on sand issue.

Mr. Shivashankarappa said he would broach the subject at the Cabinet meeting scheduled to be held in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner of Davangere S.T. Anjan Kumar said Rs. 3 crore had been released to the district to compensate arecanut growers who had sustained huge losses. Rs. 5 crore is expected to be released to compensate farmers who sustained crop loss owing to floods in the district.

Compensation

Mr Mallikarjun and Mr. Rajanna, MLAs, said that paddy growers were not compensated in the district. They urged the Joint Director of the Agriculture Department R.G. Gollar to submit the crop loss survey report in order to release the compensation for the farmers.

Mr. Gowda questioned the delay in setting-up paddy and maize procurement centres.

The Deputy Commissioner replied saying the Karnataka State Marketing Federation had been assigned the job of procurement but had been unable to set-up procurement centres stating shortage of staff. The State government was planning to assign the job to another agency, he said.

Dengue

District Health Officer Vishwanath said that fogging was being carried out extensively in all villages in the district to ensure that there is no outbreak of dengue.

Residents have been made aware of the disease and the precautionary measures to be taken. He said there were two suspected dengue deaths in a village in Harpnahalli taluk, in the first week of November.


  • ‘Permission must be obtained from the Ministry of Environment and Forests to procure, sell sand’

  • Issue to be taken up at the Cabinet meeting

    to be held in Bangalore today


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