AP mulls to bring new legislation to check sand mafia
Andhra Pradesh

AP mulls to bring new legislation to check sand mafia

Agency News

Amaravati, Nov 6 : In order to curb the illegal sand mining activities and transportation of sand, the Andhra Pradesh government is considering to bring a new legislation.

During the review meeting on Sand held here on Wednesday, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy told officials that a new legislation would be coming up that would regulate sand mining, transport, price fixation and the stringent measures for violation of law.

“An Ordinance will be brought out immediately, which will be converted into a Law during the ensuing Assembly session, he told the officials. The Chief Minister said that the Ordinance would specify the land fixation giving the powers to District Collectors and officials concerned at constituency and district levels.

Mr Reddy informed the officials that the sand supply should be increased considerably. A toll-free number should be set up where any complaints on irregularities in the sale of sand should be immediately attended to, the Chief Minister told the officials.

The vigilance wing should be strengthened to check sand smuggling and technology should be used to the hilt.

CC Cameras should be set up at all the reaches. The follow-up on the issue should be revealed in the next Spandana meeting, the Chief Minister told the officials.

The officials told the Chief Minister that 83 of the 275 sand reaches are active. The supply was increased from 41,000 tonnes to 69,000 tonnes per day as the number of reaches was increased from 61 to 83.

“If the weather improves, between 15 and 30 days, we can supply two to three lakh tonnes of sand per day”, the officials also informed the Chief Minister. Mr Reddy told the officials that there had been floods to all the major rivers. But the Opposition is trying to politicize the sand crisis issue even the suicides, the Chief Minister regretted. (UNI)