Hyderabad, November 30
Mines Minister K.T. Rama Rao directed the officials to conduct ‘surgical strikes’ against sand mafia. He instructed the joint groups of police and revenue officials should be formed to conduct checks to stop sand mafia in the newly formed districts.
The officials were told to seize the illegal sand dumps and the vehicles that transport sand for illegal purposes.
KTR said there are huge sand stocks at submerging areas at various projects under construction and suggested the Collectors to use it for local purpose. He said the mines department officials must have the details of sand quantities needed for civil works in various departments and for the projects under construction. KTR suggested MDC officials to tour in districts with regard to the sand mining issue and coordinate with the collectors.