New Sand Policy 2011

Posted: March 5, 2011 in Kar_budget2011

@ Shrikant asked about new sand policy 2011 , so here im posting it….::

The Karnataka High Court on Thursday gave its consent to the new sand policy enunciated by the State Government.

The Government order notifying the new sand policy was placed before a Division bench comprising Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice A.S. Bopanna by Government Advocate Ravindra Kolhe. Mr. Kolhe told the court that the policy was approved a few days ago and that it would come into effect immediately.

Policy

  • The sand policy of 2011 permits the use of mechanised boats and earthmovers in sand extraction.
  • However, the users have to ensure that no ecological damage is caused.
  • However, use of earth movers and dredgers in coastal areas is prohibited.
  • Land for sand mining in coastal areas will be identified in strict compliance of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ).
  • Sand in river courses will be first identified by the Public Works Department (PWD), Revenue Department and the Directorate of Mines and Geology (DMG).
  • Such identified areas will be divided into blocks and details on the estimated quantity of sand in these areas will be given to the Deputy Commissioner.
  • The district sand committees, under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioners, has been reconstituted and this sand policy is implemented uniformly throughout the State except the coastal districts.
  • The committee is empowered to take steps to prevent illegal mining of sand and illegal transportation.
  • The policy makes it clear that no sand mining would be permitted in patter lands.
  • Vehicles transporting sand would have to compulsorily install GPS and RFID equipments. The front side of a vehicles transporting sand would have to be painted yellow for easy recognition.
  • Only the Public Works Department (PWD) is permitted to stock sand in patta lands.
  • Even the PWD cannot mine sand in patta lands.
  • Closed circuit televisions (CCTV) will be installed at permits issuing points and vehicles transporting sand will have to use routes where computerised check posts have been established.
  • The PWD has been asked to identify sand blocks before March 31, 2011 and also get itself equipped with the infrastructure necessary.

Order

  • After the Bench went through the sand policy, it gave its assent and disposed of more than 30 petitions challenging the old sand policy.
  • The Bench said those interested in mining sand would have to take permission under the new sand policy.

Directed

  • A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice A.S. Bopanna on Thursday directed the Anjuman-e-Islam institution in Hubli to hold elections to the post of office-bearers as per the earlier court order of November 30, 2010.
  • The Bench noted that its earlier order on the election process had not been complied with.
  • It asked the elections to be conducted on time and a report be filed before it.
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