Although revenue authorities have been seizing illegally mined sand and vehicles used to transport it, the seized property reportedly finds its way back to the offenders.
In 2013, revenue officials seized 92 vehicles (including tipper lorries and trucks) and 302 bullock carts transporting sand mined illegally. The offence is compounded, a fine is imposed and the confiscated property is released to the owner, said Dakshinamurthy, revenue officer, office of the sub-collector (South). Roughly, `500 to `1000 for bullock carts, and up to `50,000 for heavier vehicles were imposed as fine, he said.
So far no attempt had been made to hand over the illegally mined sand to the government and agencies engaged in construction. The illegal sand mining activity has been thriving in the bed of Penniyar river, Bahour Commune and parts of Sankarabarani river.