Kerala Govt allows sand mining in 8 rivers
Thiruvananthapuram: The government has given permission to remove sand and other sediments from the major rivers in the state. It is calculated that about 22.67 lakh cubic metre sand has been deposited in eight major rivers after the flood havoc. Among this, the revenue department has prepared a plan to mine 7.56 lakh cubic metre sand immediately.
It is planned to remove sand and deposits from the river before next monsoon. Though this requires a permit, exemption is allowed in the backdrop of flood. Also security will be arranged as per the disaster management rules.
The decision to remove sand was taken as per the report of the committee that has chief secretary as the head and various department secretaries as members. Sand mining is allowed in Kadalundi, Chaliyar, Valapattanam, Shiriya, Periyar, Muvattupuzha, Pamba and Achankovil rivers as per this direction.
The quantity of sand deposit in rivers and the amount that can be removed are calculated on the basis of the sand audit conducted before and after monsoon once in three years.
The secretary level committee has recommended to remove one third of the sand deposit following the deluge. The collectors are directed to take further action in this regard as per the disaster management rules.
- Do not take sand from below the water level during summer.
- Do not use machines.
- Ensure supervision of District Disaster Management Authority and Collector.
- Sand should not be collected close to the shore. Avoid mining in 3 metres from the shore or 10 percent of the river’s width, whichever is lesser.
- Mining should be done at least 500 metre away from bridges and other constructions.
- Permit will not be granted at places where river joins salt water.