VIJAYAWADA:A control room is being set up in Vijayawada to monitor sand quarrying and sales in the district. It will function round-the-clock and will keep a constant vigil of the nine sand reaches in Krishna district with the help of the proposed Closed Circuit Cameras at those reaches.
The footage from the cameras would be transmitted to district Superintendent of Police and RDOs offices.
At a review meeting with officials concerned late on Wednesday night, district collector Babu A said the control room will work round-the-clock in three shifts. He said with the control room operational, the efficiency of monitoring and vigilance of sand reaches will increase. He said control room will be located at Gollapalle in Vijayawada.
He asked the officials to permit sand- laden lorries only on the permitted routes. All the trucks transporting sand from reaches should be fitted with the GPS system. To check illegal sand transportation, additional checkposts are being planned on Krishna flood banks at Bhavanipuram.
The collector asked for resurvey of sand availability in 22 acres patta land (survey number 1,278) at Papayalanka (river island hamlet) in Srikakulam village of Ghantasala mandal in the district in view of the application for sand quarrying in those lands.