The President of Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) Sudhakar S. Shetty has urged Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha to bring sand under one department to facilitate the needy to obtain the construction material without any hurdle.

In a memorandum to the DC, the MCCI President said that in the present scenario, different departments like the PWD, Mines and Geology, Police and RTO are entrusted with the task of respectively identifying the sand deposits, issuing mining licences, manning and issuing permits to transport the same.

He has further stated that it would be better if all the procedures were brought under a single department to put an end to the hurdles coming in the smooth distribution of sand and added that it would also ensure additional revenue to the exchequer.

Attributing the artificial crises to vested interests who are making merry at the cost of innocent people, Shetty said that prior to 2009, when sand policy was not in place, the price of per sq. ft. of sand was Rs. 8 and regretted that after the floating of Sand Policy in 2010, sand turned out into being unaffordable gold with mafia creating artificial inflation.

He further stated that while Mysore required a minimum of 21,000 truck loads of sand per month, only 4000 to 5000 truck loads had been received which gave way for black-marketing.

He stated that as the Convenor of Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) which is functioning in 30 districts in the State, he has never come across such shortage of sand in any other district.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore