HYDERABAD: The state government on Friday directed the district collectors to constitute special squads to curb illegal sand quarrying.
Principal secretary (industries and commerce) JSV Prasad wanted the district collectors to constitute the squads with officials of revenue, panchayat raj, police, transport, mines and geology, and ground water departments.
The government of Andhra Pradesh took a serious note of illegal sand quarrying activities in certain places.
Controlling this menace was a necessary first step in regulation of sand industry, Prasad told the district collectors.
The collectors were asked to review sand quarrying activities in their respective districts along with the superintendent of police, joint collector, additional director of mines and other senior officials immediately.
The district collectors were asked to encourage the public as well as the press to report any illegal quarrying.
They were also directed to take strong action against persons who indulge in illegal mining of public wealth and publicise such efforts so that it acted as a deterrent.
“The government is also contemplating to streamlining sand quarrying process so that the market requirements are met in a proper manner,” the principal secretary said.