Andhra Pradesh Government is exploring the possibilities of setting up special sand yards for bulk users and at the same time has been taking all measures to check illegal transportation of sand by stepping up vigilance at check-posts.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy who held a review meeting on the implementation of Sand policy in the state here on Wednesday had asked the officials to look into the possibility of setting up of special yards for bulk users to meet the growing demand. Check-posts should be set up to stall illegal transportation of sand and they should be equipped with CC Cameras. There should also be a mechanism for constant monitoring of CC footage, he said. He has also instructed the officials to increase the number of stockyard points and ensure that the people do not face any hardships due to non-availability of sand.
When asked about the availability of sand vis-à-vis demand in the state, the officials said that the present stock of sand available is about 23,000 metric tones while the daily average demand per day has been pegged between 10,000 and 12,000 metric tones. The figures were calculated on the basis of the proportionate purchase of cement in the state, the officials said.
The Chief Minister told the officials that the criticism on our government stems out of the fact that we are working towards corruption free governance and asked them to pile up stock after the floods recede.
There should not be any syndicate or mafia operating and trying to trade with sand and people should not face difficulties in getting the required sand. The builders should be given information about the time and availability of sand.
When asked about the transportation of sand, the officials said, there are difficulties in procuring sand due to rains and floods. The riverside sand dunes have washed away due to heavy rains.