Consumers can apply at Nirman online centres to get tokens
Nirman, an online sand distribution system of the Kozhikode district administration, will kick off on Sunday. The system will put an end to a variety of woes of sand consumers of the district.
Speaking to presspersons here on Friday, District Collector P.B. Salim said that 90 per cent of the liquid cash transaction at waterfronts could be avoided through this system, thus limiting the role of ‘writers' at water fronts who had been collecting the payment from consumers so far.
In the new system, consumers need not have to stand in long queues for application forms, tokens and passes. Once the documents are authenticated by the local governing bodies, the consumers can apply at any of the 85 Nirman online centres in the district to get a token.
One Akshaya centre in every panchayat has been converted to Nirman online centre, besides two each in municipalities and three in the Corporation. The documents will be counter checked at the centre before issuing the token. The payment is no longer made at the waterfront, but at a bank branch near the pass distribution centre. The pass is issued from any of the 10 pass distribution centres on production of the token and the counterfoil of cash payment. The pass clearly specifies the date, time and waterfront from where the consumer can collect sand, besides the route the lorry should take to the destination.
There are 97 waterfronts in the district from which 5,425.25 tonnes of sand can be mined a day. The charges are fixed at Rs.306 a tonne, including the cost of sand, contributions to the panchayat, River Management Fund, Geology Department and tax. However, the charges are higher in Vadakara and Koyilandy taluks owing to the difference in the mode of mining there.
The consumer should pay separate charges for loading and transportation. A consumer will get up to 7.5 tonnes of sand for building a new house in a month and up to 3.5 tonnes for repair works. The tokens will be issued from the Nirman centres only on Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If any of these days are holidays, the centre will be open on the next working day. Fifteenth and the last day of every month are blank days for they are reserved for people who did not get sand on the specified date due to some reason, the Collector said.
Dr. Salim said the system, based on the software developed by the government-owned National Informatics Centre, Kozhikode, was fool proof and that no corruption was possible as the process was done online. The token and the pass were completely computer generated and hence no fudging was possible. He said the second phase of the project would unify the rate of sand all over the district. There were also plans to bring in pre-paid lorries for sand transportation.
The system will be inaugurated at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Kozhikode taluk office by Minister for Industries Elamaram Karim. Devaswom Minister Ramachandran Kadannappally will inaugurate the Nirman online centre while Forests and Housing Minister Benoy Viswom will distribute the identity cards for clerks at the waterfronts. M.K. Raghavan, MP, will hand over the insurance list of sand-mining labourers on the occasion. The public could clarify their doubts about the system by contacting 9995037583, the Collector said.
However, fresh passes will be distributed from the Nirman centres only from September 1, as passes already distributed by the panchayats for the period from July 26 to August 31 are pending for consideration. Those who had received passes from the panchayats should approach the Nirman centres along with the passes to renew them, the Collector said.