The Department of Mines and Geology has withdrawn the permission it had sanctioned for extraction of sand in Manasetti village in Hosanagar taluk.
The department had awarded the tender to a contractor for extraction of sand in survey numbers 25 and 29 in Manasetti village for a period of five years from November 13, 2018. It may be mentioned here that protests were staged in Hosanagar recently alleging violation of rules by the contractor who had bagged the tender for extraction of sand from Sharavati river bank in Manasetti village. In wake of the protest, a team comprising officials of the Revenue and Mines and Geology departments led by K.A. Dayanand, Deputy Commissioner, Shivamogga, had conducted spot inspection there.
In a press release, Rashmi C.R., senior geologist of Department of Mines and Geology, said that during the spot inspection it was found that sand was being extracted in non-permitted areas also. She said that prior permission was not sought by the contractor for the establishment of a sand storage yard in Jeni village nearby. The team has also found violations of rules in extraction and storage points such as — usage of vehicles not fitted with GPS for transportation of sand, non-installation of surveillance cameras at the extraction point and storage unit, failure to display the information on the price of the sand, using pokelane machines for extraction, and laxity in maintaining proper documents on the movement of the vehicles.
Ms. Rashmi said that in the wake of these alleged violations, the DC had passed an order on May 2 to withdraw the permission sanctioned for extraction in Manasetti. Acting on the order, the department has cancelled the same.