Andhra Pradesh government imposes ban on sand mining, new sand policy by July 1

20 to 25 per cent of AP government’s income comes from mining alone and steps are being taken to curb illegal mining and increase the revenue.

Published: 12th June 2019 07:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th June 2019 07:08 AM   |  A+A-

Sand Mining

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By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA: The State government on Tuesday imposed a ban on mining and transportation of sand for a fortnight. It announced that a new sand policy would be unveiled by July 1. With this, the controversial free sand mining policy introduced by the previous TDP regime has come to an end.

Speaking to media persons at the Interim Government Complex in Velagapudi, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development and Mines and Geology Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy said, “We are taking steps to end illegal mining and smuggling of sand. Have patience. We will bring in a new policy within 15 days.”

The minister, who held a review meeting earlier in the day, said that 20 to 25 per cent of  State government’s income comes from mining alone and steps are being taken to curb illegal mining and increase the revenue. The district officials would be held responsible in case of mining and transportation of sand until the new policy comes into effect. “Those who resort to sand mining violating the directive of the government will be put behind bars, invoking the Preventive Detention Act,” he warned.

Viable option
The option of establishing stockyards at the sand reaches, which will be under a government corporation, is being examined. 

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  • Karthik Battula

    Do i need to pay to get sand from local areas like canals or streams?
    9 months ago reply
  • Jagadeesh

    This is not correct way .now what about labourers
    10 months ago reply
  • gautham

    This is not correct way .this cause burden to house will increase correption
    1 year ago reply
    • Lakshmi

      1 year ago reply
  • kishore

    First Thaks Jagan Mohan Reddy and Peddi Reddy to take steps to resolve sand issue. This is Kishore who construct individual house. I facing biggest problem to buy sand in guntur. So many normal peoples facing sand problem. Please resolve as early as possible which is very help full normal peoples their construct their homes.
    1 year ago reply
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