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Illegal sand mining continues unabated

Illegal sand mining continues unabated
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The Rylampad reservoir in the district is witnessing unabated sand mining which is causing huge loss to the exchequer of the district. Reliable sources revealed that even though the district and enforcement officials are fully aware of the illegal mining they are being ignorant due to political pressure from the local public representatives.

Jougulamba Gadwal: The Rylampad reservoir in the district is witnessing unabated sand mining which is causing huge loss to the exchequer of the district. Reliable sources revealed that even though the district and enforcement officials are fully aware of the illegal mining they are being ignorant due to political pressure from the local public representatives.

“Sand is being illegally transported from Rylampad reservoir every day. Even though the revenue officials and enforcement authorities are fully aware of this, they are hand in glove with the sand mafia and faying ignorance, as the people’s representatives themselves are involved in the illegal mining,” says a local source from Rylampad.

According to reports, the local politicians from Gattu, Dharoor and KT Doddi mandals of the district are behind the illegal mining and are involved in sand mining with the support of revenue officials. To avoid being caught by the police, the sand mafia in the region is using tractors without number plates and is transporting as much as 75 cubic metres of sand from the Rylampad reservoir every day.

It is said the sand mafia had already transported over 5,000 cubic metres of sand from the reservoir and encashed it for a huge sum of money by selling it to the builders.Each tractor transports as much as 2.5 cubic metres of sand and fetches more than Rs 3,500 based on the demand in the open market. Even though the villagers of Ryalampad have complained to officials no action is taken against the illegal transport of sand.

Another advantage for the sand mafia is the lack of any police station in the near vicinity of the region. For instance, the Dharoor police station is located near Jurala reservoir and the Gattu and KT Doddi police stations have come as a blessing in disguise with being far away from the site.

However, when contacted with Mr Ravinder Reddy, Gadwal Revenue Development Officer, he said so far they have not received any complaints of illegal mining and assured he would look in to the matter and take necessary action against the illegal mining in the district.

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