Udupi: The sand extraction in the non-CRZ (coastal regulatory zone) areas of the Udupi district is expected to begin within a week, said Udupi district Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis on Friday, October 12.
She was addressing a press meet at her office regarding the much-talked-about sand extraction issue in the district. She also added that sand mining in the CRZ areas may not begin till a week after the State Forest, Environment and Ecology department approves the same in the meeting.
She also said that the two sand blocks each in Karkala and Byndoor assembly constituencies in the Kundapur taluk have been identified as falling under the non-CRZ category. However, a restriction has been placed on sand mining in the Byndoor constituency owing to the upcoming Lok Sabha by-polls in the constituency. Because of this, sand extraction work will commence in Byndoor after the election, while in Karkala it will begin within a week, she informed.
A new CRZ map drafted by the Ministry of Forests and Environment has expanded the CRZs, thereby reducing the number of sand blocks under the non-CRZ category from 28 in the previous year, to 9. The map forbids any sort of sand mining activities in areas where the surface is covered in water, she said, adding that quarry licences and title deeds cannot be issued because of deemed forest rules.
Regarding the reports and posts on social media stating that there are issues with regard to permissions for sand extraction, the DC said that those were just rumours and that misleading information is being spread. She added that the district administration had followed all the rules and regulations pertaining to the process of identifying sand dunes and getting it cleared by all the required government departments.
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