Stir boosts illegal sand mining
The Samaikhandhra agitation has proved to be a blessing in disguise for those involved in illegal sand mining. They are now resorting to...
- With NGOs, officials involved in agitation, crooks step up illegal sand mining
- HC guidelines given the go-by
- Poclainers, lorries seized in raids
Rajahmundry: The Samaikhandhra agitation has proved to be a blessing in disguise for those involved in illegal sand mining. They are now resorting to no-holds-barred illegal sand mining, as there is none to check their activities, considering regulatory officials and NGOs are busy in the struggle. Many cases of illegal sand mining came to light when Vigilance and Enforcement SP Narasimhulu and other officials made surprise checks in the Jonnada Vashista area, near Ravulapalem, in the district.
It was found that the sand miners, in violation of AP High Court guidelines, used machines and blocked the natural flow of river water. They were found digging with machines beyond a depth of one cubic metre and even built a road blocking river water flow to facilitate free movement of proclainers, lorries and tractors. The officials seized five proclainers and five sand lorries, following raids. The SP said that cases would be registered and action taken against the sand smugglers.