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Illegal sand mining continues unabated

Illegal sand mining continues unabated
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Illegal sand mining in River Tungabhadra at Panchalingala village is disturbing the communal harmony among the villagers. Hundred of tractors from the village are transporting sand from the river belt without any restrictions. The illegal transportation of sand is going unabated in the village despite officials warning to initiate stringent action against violators.

Kurnool: Illegal sand mining in River Tungabhadra at Panchalingala village is disturbing the communal harmony among the villagers. Hundred of tractors from the village are transporting sand from the river belt without any restrictions. The illegal transportation of sand is going unabated in the village despite officials warning to initiate stringent action against violators.

Highlights:

  • Sand transportation is disturbing communal harmony among the villagers in Panchalingala village
  • Of not finding employment, the educated youth are showing more inclination towards illegal sand transportation

There is no time bound for the transportation of sand as it is being carried out round-the-clock. The police deployed at Thandrapadu, border of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and on the T-Junction of Panchalingala on the national highway, are turning blind eye after accepting bribes from the tractor owners. It is said that the sand is being transported to adjacent state Telangana as Panchalingala shares the borders. Due to heavy demand of fine sand for plastering the houses, competition among the transporters are also on the rise.

With the heavy competition, group clashes have become common. Recently, a clash between two communities took place in the village. Tense situation prevailed in the village for some time. As the dispute was going out of hands, the village elders intervened in the issue and tried to sort it out but the efforts proved futile with which the issue was taken to the notice of Taluk police station.

A huge gathering from both communities reached the station and made allegations on each other. The Taluka police after hearing the complaints from both the community elders gave a warning and let them go without saying a word to stop the sand mining from the river belt. As of now, the situation in the village seems to be calm but both groups may clash at any moment if the sand mining is not stopped completely.

When asked about the illegal sand mining issue with the police they simply denied and said it is just a clash between two people and not related to mining. Of not finding employment elsewhere, the educated youth are showing more inclination towards illegal sand transporting.

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