Coastal districts to get a separate mining policy: Karnataka govt

A traditional sand extracting point in Mangaluru taluk | Express

A traditional sand extracting point in Mangaluru taluk | Express

The State Cabinet on Monday approved a separate sand extraction policy for the three coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada. These will be allocated to those who are certified by a tahsildar that they have been residing in a village for 10 years and that they are engaged in traditional sand extraction for five years.

The policy was formulated to regulate sand extraction in these districts. The Cabinet had earlier constituted a sub-committee to work out finer details and the recommendations of the sub committee have also been accepted, according to Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra.The cabinet has made a decision to approve traditional sand mining in non regulated zones or non-coastal regulated zones in the coastal areas.

He said families involved in tradition business of sand mining can extract sand with permission from taluk and district level officials certifying their residential address and occupation. "There should also be dedicated places for sand collection and storage", Jayachandra explained.

Those favouring a separate policy had argued that sand extraction had become hard and prices started skyrocketing in the coastal region after the National Green Tribunal cancelled extraction permits in the CRZ.

Increase of Rs 2,187.46 crore for rise in land acquisition cost of Phase 2 of Metro bringing the total amount to Rs 6,293 cr.

The Cabinet approved the implementation of Krishi Bhagya programme for Horticulture Department and allocated '200 crore. "We have allocated Rs 200 crore for the goal", Jayachandra said.

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