In a bid to curb black-marketing of sand by unscrupulous elements, the District Administration yes-terday decided to withdraw its Feb. 28 order cancelling issue of permits to tippers to extract and transport sand to consumers in city.

The above decision was taken at a meeting held between the representatives of Mysore City Tipper Owners Association and DC Dr. Ramegowda at his office yesterday evening, said Association President K.P. Prasanna Kumar.

It may be recalled that tipper owners had stopped operating from March 23 protesting against the unscientific order of non-issuance of permits to tippers which had resulted in scarcity of sand leading to large scale black-marketing. With the withdrawal of the order, tippers will now get permit to extract sand from sand yards at Rs. 7,850 per 5.5 cubic ft. load of sand.

It may also be recalled that scarcity of sand had resulted in some lorry owners selling sand worth Rs. 7,500 at anywhere between Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000 and as per yesterday’s decision, tippers will also be given permits by PWD to extract and transport sand from yards.

Sand from Mandya and Hassan districts too

In the face of shortage of sand at Vadeyandalli yard in T.N. Pura, owing to heavy flow of water in the river, Prasanna Kumar said that from now on, sand can be extracted and transported from deposits in Mandya and Hassan districts also.

Addl. DC Naga Nayak, PWD Executive Engineer Kri-shnamurthy, Geologist Anand of Mines and Geology Dept., Association President K. Arun Kumar, Vice President A.G. Muralidhar, Treasurer S.B. Suresh, Organising Secretary D.V. Ramesh and others were present.

DC warns black-marketeers

Meanwhile, Deputy Commi-ssioner Dr. Ramegowda warned those found selling sand at more than the stipu-lated price of Rs. 7,850 per load that stern action would be initiated against them. Speaking to the media after the meeting, he said that due discussions had been held between the sand transporters, officials of PWD and Mines & Geology Department in this regard. He also warned that those violating this order will be black-listed besides being booked for criminal offences.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore