Pavoor Residents Get Together to Stop Illegal Sand Mining
Mangaluru: Pavoor residents have rounded up 46 sand mining boats that were involved in the illegal extraction of sand at Valachil Dhakke on January 25.
34 families are residing in the island of Pavoor Uliya. These poor families living on the island are not in a position to purchase land and build houses. Due to the unabated sand mining, the island is losing its land area and the residents are in fear.
The families living in the Island have submitted the memorandums several times to the DC to stop illegal sand mining in the area in fear of losing more land. In spite of all their efforts, illegal sand mining is rampant. All, the three sand mining areas, one near Sahyadri Dhakke the other at Gadigadde Dhakke and the third in Valachil have been shut down by the DC. In spite of the DC’s strict warning those involved in illegal sand mining to stop their activities, it has continued to this day.
On January 25 morning, the residents noticed 46 sand mining boats on the Valachil side busy with illegal sand mining. The members from all the 34 families got together and rounded up all the 46 boats.
Speaking to mangalorean.com one of the residents said, “Last time when there was illegal sand extraction, we had filed a complaint in the Konaje police station. But in just two days the boats were back and sand was being illegally extracted. Now after rounding up the boats, our leaders have gone to meet the DC and we are now waiting for his response”.