Mysore, Jan 1 (UNI) The District administration initiated raids on illegal activities of sand mining in Cauvery and Kapila rivers at T Narasipura taluk in the district.
Sources in the department told UNI here today that police in coordination with geologists intensified crackdown on illegal sand mining in several villages on the banks of the rivers and seized equipment worth Rs 40 lakh.
Cases were booked against 16 persons for illegally lifting sand from the restructed zones and also directly from river-bed.
However, several sand-lifting equipments have resources at the Palace, where joint operations were conducted.
A team of officials visited the sites along the course of the rivers last week and found that some people engaged in the trade had resumed illegal sand mining and were installing equipments.
The officials warned that cases would be booked under the Mines and Minerals Act 1957, if the illegal activities continue unabatedly. Demand for sand was rising in Bangalore and Mysore owing to phenomenal growth in the construction industry.
Though permits to mine sand were given only in five places, it was in progress on the entire areas in Mandya and Mysore districts, the sources added.
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