Solution to Sand Crisis in Two Weeks: Minister - The New Indian Express

Solution to Sand Crisis in Two Weeks: Minister

Published: 17th January 2014 10:34 AM

Last Updated: 17th January 2014 10:34 AM

Stating that the government is keen on finding a solution to the sand truckers’ stir, PWD Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa said, “The present crisis is expected to be resolved in two weeks.”

He told reporters here on Thursday the deputy commissioners, who are heading the District Monitoring Committee on extraction, storage and auctioning of sand have completed the process of identifying sand blocks in their respective districts.

“The entire activities of sand mining and its distribution will get streamlined in the next 15 days,” he said.

On the recent talks with striking truck operators, the minister said, “We are open to hear grievances and are ready to address them.”

Maintaining that the truck operators had welcomed new guidelines on sand procurement, he said, “We are not going to succumb to their pressure tactics.”

He said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has convened a meeting of all deputy commissioners on January 29 and the issue is expected to come up for discussion.

Stating that the sand problem has many dimensions, including protection of environment, depletion of ground water resources and human development, Mahadevappa said: “Taking into consideration all aspects, the State government had framed rules for regulating sand mining activities. Once the system is streamlined, it will help not only to address the environmental issues, but also ensure availability of sand at affordable prices.”

The Minister said the government has identified potential sand mining areas and those who violate guidelines will face legal consequences.

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