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Minister Govind Karjol offering bagina at Hovina village in Bijapur district on Thursday.
Minister Govind Karjol offering bagina at Hovina village in Bijapur district on Thursday.

Minister for Minor Irrigation Govind Karjol has said a proposal has been sent to the government on amending the sand policy, to protect water bodies.

Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, Mr. Karjol pointed out that the Public Works Department was involved in extracting and selling sand under the sand policy. However, illegal sand extraction continued. Hence, after discussions with Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and Public Works Minister C.M. Udasi, it was proposed to curb the PWD’s powers, and other departments, including the Police, would be involved, he said.

Calling for a stronger law to curb sand extraction that was damaging water bodies, the Minister said: “The Minor Irrigation Department has been constructing bunds and check-dams across the water bodies. These assets will lose their value if the water bodies change their direction.”

He supported a ban on sand extraction from water bodies and suggested the Maharashtra model, where stones were crushed and used in construction.

Mr. Karjol said 2,600 sites had been identified in the Krishna and Tungabhadra basin for developing tanks, but lack of funds had stalled the projects.

Later, he offered ‘bagina’ at Hovina village of Indi taluk.


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