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SAND MINING: SAVOI VEREM ACTIVIST BLOWS WHISTLE

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The National Green Tribunal may have eased the ban on sand mining with certain condidtions. But, even as the state government is yet to put in place the regulatory mechanisms suggested by the Tribunal, sand extraction in Amona and adjoining belt is continuing on a large scale. A complaint lodged by Savoi Verem resident Sachi G Chaladkar to the director of mines and geology, alleges that while the authorities paid attention to the traditional areas like Colvale to implement the ban, Amona and adjoining areas went unnoticed and sand attraction rose in volume here. Chaladkar has alleged in her complaint that nearly 50 per-cent of the demand for sand in Goa is being met by the sand extractors and players from Amona and its surrounding areas, threatening the marine ecology of the belt. She said in her complaint that the authorities impose restrictions on volumes of sand to be extracted before it is too late and the environment in the area is permanently damaged. She also alleged that a lot of government employees are in the sand business either under the names of their wives or other family members. The sand extraction activity, she said, should be restricted in the hands of traditional players who carried out the business for over a decade with either one or two canoes. Meanwhile, the government has only recently appointed Vassudev Shetye, Project Director, District Rural Development Agency, as Special Officer to co-ordinate between statutory authorities to resume legal sand extraction in Goa after the lifting of the ban.