Andhra Pradesh

Sand position comfortable, says Mines DD

Supply stepped up: The sand stock point at CC Revu where a lorry is being loaded in Anantapur district on Thursday.

Supply stepped up: The sand stock point at CC Revu where a lorry is being loaded in Anantapur district on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: R_V_S_PRASAD

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‘50,000 tonnes delivered to consumers since new policy took effect’

The sand availability position is very comfortable and it is being given almost immediately to those paying money online and reaching any of the six sand stocking points or depots in Anantapur district. Some parts of Kurnool district are also being served in view of scarcity there, according to officials.

Anantapur District Mines and Geology Deputy Director Chandramouli told The Hindu that so far 64,000 metric tonnes of sand was excavated since the new sand policy came into effect and out of that 50,000 tonnes had already been supplied to the consumers. About 14,000 tonnes was available at six stock points in the district at Kannepalli, P.C. Revu and CC Revu desilting site, Aluru reaches/stock points and at depots at Rapthadu, Kadiri and Dharmavaram, the official said.

Currently, a new Government Order INC01/18/2019 issued on Wednesday allows people to transport and use from the local area First Order to Third Order Streams. The Collector will list out the streams and buyers can pay the prescribed amount in the Village Secretariat. A village volunteer will be stationed at the sand reach or excavation point.

The excavation and transportation of sand from the First to Third Order Streams shall be governed as per Rule 23(1)(a) of WALTA Rules 2004 and the transportation shall be for local use by means of bullock carts or tractors within the district concerned, the G.O. read.

Waiting period

The Deputy Director said that while 10 days waiting time was being asked for supply of sand, it was available almost the same day or the next day on payment of challana and showing the receipt at the depot.

Within the next 15 days to one month, vehicles fitted with GPS would be given mineral transportation licence and those missing this deadline would not be allowed to ply vehicles for transportation of sand. Once these vehicles were ready, sand would be supplied to the consumer at his doorstep at ₹375 and ₹4.50 per km from the sand reach to the doorstep.

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