Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Minister Peddireddy Ramchandra Reddy said that the government is taking steps to increase the supply of sand to one lakh tonnes per day and asked the officials to take necessary steps.
Participating as a chief guest at a workshop on new sand policy, Ramachandra Reddy assured to give permission for tractors at first, second, and third grade reaches. In order to ease the system, the government will instruct village secretariat employees at reaches and make it online.
The minister asked the mining officials and district joint collectors to co-ordinate each other and enhance the sand supply.
On the sand crisis in the state due to floods the Minister asked officials to ‘take necessary action so that people would not face any difficulties due to non-availability of sand. Currently, 35,000 tonnes of sand is being supplied every day. This should be increased to 1 lakh tonnes of sand supply every day,’ he said.
To benefit the locals in the district the Minister has instructed the officials to give priority for the locals and reserve sand for the district people that have applied online.
The Minister is keen on increasing the sand supply and has given the responsibility to the respective district joint collectors. He also mentioned about Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy’s order to officials to work with more responsibility in this regards.
‘Sand storage units should be recognized at reservoirs and local resources. By this, sand supply can be increased and the storage space for water can also be increased,’ the Minister said.
He also discussed about sand mining at open reaches and asked the officials to identify sand stock points according to the reaches. Joint Collectors and mining officials from various districts have participated in the workshop on new sand policy.