Mangaluru: The problem of sand may be solved shortly as Dakshina Kannada district Deputy Commissioner has informed that permission for removing sand in CRZ and non-CRZ areas will be given shortly. These permits will last for next five years.
Addressing the mediapersons at DC's office on Wednesday, November 7, Deputy Commissioner of the district Sasikanth Senthil informed that a total of 77 contractors have applied for extracting sand in CRZ areas. ``However, permission will be given not to sand mining, but to sand removing, to facilitate the movement of boats. The contractors will be allowed only manual extraction of sand. Extraction using machines will not be allowed``, he said.
Meanwhile, the DC informed about the recent tendering process for extracting sand from the non-CRZ areas, in which very few contractors had participated due to strict guidelines. He said, `the guidelines have been relaxed now to help contractors.
Earlier, contractors from local areas were allowed to participate in the tendering process, but now, even outsiders (residents of that particular taluk) can take part.
Heavy vehicles movement through Shiradi Ghat from November 12
Sasikanth Senthil informed that the repair works on Shiradi Ghat stretch has been completed and heavy vehicles will be allowed after November 12.
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