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Allow river sand lifting: cart owners

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The Bullock Cart Owners’ Welfare Association urged the district administration to allow them to lift river sand from the South Vellar river. In a petition to Collector C. Manoharan here on Tuesday, the association pointed out that its members, all farm workers, were rendered jobless because of severe drought. They had been lifting sand from South Vellar by remitting the fee prescribed by the government. The sand is sold at a reasonable price to the people involved in the small construction activities. The ban on lifting of sand by the bullock carts had hit them and they were finding it difficult to make both ends meet. The petition urged the Collector to lift the ban with immediate effect. — Staff Correspondent

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