Illegal sand quarrying rampant in dist: Uma

Illegal sand quarrying  rampant in dist: Uma
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Congress, YSRCP leaders accused of having shares in Ravirala quarry Vijayawada: The...

Congress, YSRCP leaders accused of having shares in Ravirala quarry

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Vijayawada: The Telugu Desam Krishna district unit president and Mylavaram legislator, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, here on Tuesday, alleged that illegal sand quarrying was being carried out by the ruling Congress and the YSR Congress leaders.

Speaking to the media, Umamaheswara Rao said that the government had closed 67 sand quarries and allowed only two quarries in the district. He said that the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who visited Krishna district in September 2012 for Indiramma Baata had promised to give permission for more sand quarries, but nothing has been done so far bringing the construction activity to a grinding halt.

The construction activity was facing severe crisis with only two sand quarries functioning in the district, he said and alleged that the ruling Congress and the YSR Congress leaders

were taking advantage of the situation and indulging in illegal qauarrying. The TD leader said that the Minister for Secondary Education, K P Saradhi and the YSR Congress leader Samineni Udaya Bhanu were sharing 24 per cent profits each from Ravirala quarry. Because of the 'commission' for the Minister and the YSR Congress leader, the contractor here was selling sand at Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000 a truck, which is the highest in the district.

He demanded that the government order a thorough probe by Vigilance Department into the quarrying and the 'commission' paid to the Minister and Udaya Bhanu.

The TD leader further said that the village panchayats and mandals have lost over Rs 200 crore revenue with the closure of 67 sand quarries in the district. He sought an explanation from ministers Saradhi, Galla Aruna and Thota Narasimham on the closure of sand quarries in the district and the unauthorised quarrying in the two permitted quarries.

The TD urban president, K Nagul Meera, vice-president K Hanumantha Rao, senior leaders Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, Buddha Venkanna and others were present at the news conference.

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