DC warns of stringent action against illegal sand mining

Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner A.B. Ibrahim on Thursday warned of impounding boats indulging in illegal sand extraction from river beds in coastal regulatory zones in the district.

Presiding over a pre-bid meeting of bidders for sand blocks in non-CRZ area here, he said that following a gentleman agreement with sand extractors, the administration has allowed berthing of sand extraction boats on river banks from January 16. The permission for sand extraction in CRZ area given by Union Ministry of Environment and Forests had expired on January 16.

The boats were allowed to be berthed on the plea that their removal might damage the boats and extractors would face difficulty in bringing them back to the river after MoEF renews the clearance for extraction. However, there were many instances of extractors mining sand during the night and transporting it illegally, Mr. Ibrahim noted.

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