Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh govt. mulls Ordinance to address sand issue

Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy

Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy  

Ensure it’s sold at govt.-fixed price, Chief Minister tells officials

The State government is contemplating bringing in a legislation to regulate sand mining, price and supply in the State.

The process will be closely monitored at all levels and stern action will be taken against the sand mafia.

At a review meeting on sand supply on Wednesday, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said an ordinance would be issued immediately to address the issue. The government plans to pilot a Bill in the Legislative Assembly during the next session.

Action planned

The ordinance is to ensure sand is available at affordable price.

The government would make provision for imprisonment in the proposed Act to discourage sale of sand above the price fixed by the government, he said.

Collectors and Mines Department officials will fix the price of sand in their respective districts. The price must also be fixed constituency-wise, the Chief Minister said.

Helpline

A toll-free number should be set up and complaints of irregularities in sale of sand should be immediately attended to.

The vigilance wing should be strengthened to check smuggling and technology should be used. CC cameras should be set up at all the reaches. The follow-up on the issue should be revealed at the next Spandana meeting, he said.

The officials said of the 275 sand reaches, only 83 are active. The supply has gone up from 41,000 tonnes to 69,000 tonnes per day as the number of reaches was increased from 61 to 83. If the weather improves, two to three lakh tonnes could be supplied per day, they said.

Mr. Jagan said supply should be restored as soon as the flood in rivers recedes.

The Krishna and Godavari rivers were in spate for about three months. The Opposition was trying to politicise even suicides, he added.

Why you should pay for quality journalism - Click to know more

Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Feb 23, 2020 7:54:59 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/andhra-pradesh-govt-mulls-ordinance-to-address-sand-issue/article29906292.ece

Next Story