Abundance of Sand has Led to Careless Use – DC Ibrahim

Mangaluru: Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim held a pre-bid meeting for the bidders of sand mining blocks at his office here, on March 17.

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Ibrahim said, “A tender is called for mining 30 blocks in the Non-CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zones) and the bidder should have 1 JCB (extractor or bulldozer), and 2 tipper trucks to qualify, they can use rented vehicles as well. The last date to file the e-tender is March 23. We have relaxed the need of, fitness certificates, RC and the need of the vehicle model to be newer than 2009. TIN and PAN card are mandatory in order to file the taxes and Task Force will ensure that the payment is done every 15 days.”

He further said that, “We don’t support the use of boats to extract sand and if at all a contractor does use boats then the District Administration (DA) should not be held responsible for any mishap.”

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“We can use quarry dust to fill interlock pits, but we use sand. We have abundant supply of sand and that is why we are using this resource carelessly. This is a step taken by the state government to ensure that the resource is not misused.”

“We have identified stock yards and all the sand seized from illegal sand mining will be deposited in this stock yard, to be utilized later,” he added.

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