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Sand mining: Rs 3.35 crore penalty imposed

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Oct 22, 2017, 7:21 am IST
Updated Oct 22, 2017, 7:21 am IST
Time requested by Ghanta Suresh for explanation lapsed.
Illegal sand mining (Representational Image)
 Illegal sand mining (Representational Image)

Vijayawada: District collector B. Lakshmikantham ordered the Vuyyuru MRO to act as the recovery officer with regard to the Pamidimukkala sand mining case. An amount of Rs 3.35 crore has been levied as penalty on the accused in the case. The Vuyyuru tahsildar has been asked to take care of the recovery process, the district collector told Deccan Chronicle.

It was this newspaper that has brought the illegal excavation and transportation of sand to light  and then the district administration plunged into the action. 

 

After three months, the department of mines and geology served notices on  the accused, Ghanta Suresh, for illegal excavation and dispatch of ordinary earth in R.S.No's. 40,41,42,43 and 44 of Lankapalli Lanka village, Pamidimukkala mandal, Krishna district. 

The tahsildar of Pamidimukkala mandal and his team have inspected the damaged portion of the river and earth, and issued notices to the accused and asked for explanation. 

The reply furnished didn't contain any documentary evidence of seigniorage fee and the requested time by the accused also lapsed and accordingly a demand of Rs 3,34,99,400 was raised, said the district collector.

 

The Pamidimukkala tahsildar and his team made a surprise visit to the site on Aug. 15 and noticed illegal excavation and dispatches of ordinary earth by Sri Ghanta Suresh & others. 

Basing on the report of the tahsildar, the department of mines and geology had sent a notice and called for explanation within 15 days from the date of receipt of this notice.

In response to the above notice, Mr Suresh Kumar has represented that he has only done levelling and requested 20 days time for submission of details. The requested time came to an end on Sept. 29.

 

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