Vigilance dept crackdown on sand smugglers

Published on May 06, 2015 02:30:19 AM
In order to curb illegal sand mining in the State, the Vigilance and Enforcement Department has conducted several surprise raids on illegal stock points and places where sand is being excavated without permission.
The department has booked as many as 305 cases against illegal sand transporters and collected penalty of Rs 1.15 crore from them in the past three months.

The officials informed on Tuesday  that to curb illegal mining in  the State, the department has conducted surprise raids on the illegal sand excavating areas and stock yards and seized illegal sand stocks, said Vigilance and Enforcement DG T P Das in a press note on Tuesday.  The DG informed that out of 305 cases, 241 were booked on vehicles transporting sand illegally from the different areas of the State and a total penalty amount of Rs 87.23 lakh was collected from them.

As many as 23 cases were booked on vehicles carrying sand in excess quantity in the transit pass and penalty of Rs 7.95 lakh was collected from them, and 41 cases were booked on the lorries transporting sand from Andhra Pradesh by violating rules and a penalty amount of Rs 20 lakh was collected from them.
He said that apart from raids, illegal sand dumps were also detected and seized mostly in Mahbubnagar and Karimnagar districts and action was initiated for disposal of seized sand. Further, action was initiated for collection of penalty from the overloaded sand transporting vehicles against the permitted capacity by the Transport department as per MV Act.

Das said that directions had been issued to field level officials to take stringent action to seize the vehicles and machinery that involve in illegal excavation and transportation of sand as per the provisions of Rule 13 (3) of Telangana State Sand Mining Rules, 2015.