Eight sand laden lorries carrying overload were seized during a special check conducted at Aralvoimozhy in the district on Monday.
As there were no government sand quarries in the district the required sand for construction activities in the district is being brought from Tiruchy, Kovilpatti and other parts of the state.
It is alleged that lorries which transport sand from other parts of the State to the district, used to carry load more than the permissible quantity and some were said to be transporting sand even without proper permit to Kerala through Kanyakumari district.
Meanwhile beginning Sunday midnight till Monday morning a special check was conducted on instructions from SP Pravesh Kumar at Aralvoimozhy, the entry point of the district. During the check a total of 8 lorries carrying sand and 2 carrying crushed stone powder were seized for carrying more than the permitted quantity of the blue metals. The vehicles were booked for overload under Motor Vehicle Act, said police.
Normally, ‘taurus’ lorries were permitted to carry 25 tonnes. But, the vehicles used to allegedly carry 5 to 6 more than the allowed load. For every extra tonne a fine of `1,000 will be slapped and among the 10 lorries which were seized by the Aralvoimozhy police around 9 were released after they paid the fine amount in courts before Monday evening.