Online issuance of permits has started, says Ponnuraj

The district administration is thinking of permitting a truck to carry two loads of sand a day and establish a stockyard near the city to bring down the price of sand, said Deputy Commissioner V. Ponnuraj.

He was participating in the Republic Day programme. The issuance of online permits for transportation of sand had commenced in the district from Wednesday. Public Works Department had been planning to establish a stockyard near the city for the benefit of people who need small quantity of sand. The district administration would consider the demand to accord permission for manual digging of sand, he said.

The district administration had enforced the new sand policy of the Government, and had streamlined mining and transportation of sand. This had curbed illegal sand mining and transportation.

About the progress on the airport near Sogane, he said a proposal had been sent to the Government to shift the high-tension lines that passed through the area. The work was estimated to cost Rs. 15 crore.

The possibility of retaining the tall structures at the Industrial Estate in Machenahalli was not ruled out, he said.

On the slow progress in implementing Forest Rights Act in the district, he said of the 80,000 applications submitted in the district, 70,000 had been rejected. He said it was found that a major chunk of the applicants were not residing in the forest area.The district administration was committed to issue cultivation rights for Scheduled Tribes and other genuine applicants who were residing in the forest.

Training programmes on the Act were held for the officials and elected representatives of the gram panchayats, he said.

He said the work of widening the road which connected the city with N.R. Pura had commenced while widening the work along New Tirthahalli Road in the city would begin in two months.

About the progress of work related to development of Mahatma Gandhi Park, he said that electrification work had been pending here. The work of landscaping would be taken up here a month before the commencement of monsoon, he said.


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