“There is no shortage of sand in Dakshina Kannada district and if we are able to prevent the illegal extraction and transportation of sand, the problem of supply will be rectified, said Deputy Commissioner Dr. S Sasikanth Senthil on Wednesday.
Addressing a ‘meet the press’ programme organised at Patrika Bhavan, he said, “In order to set right the sand problem, temporary permits have been given to the contractors.
However, providing permits to more than 120 contractors is not a solution for the scarcity of sand. I have sent a report to the government that sand extraction should be limited to 100 to 120 contractors only and the number should not be exceed at any cost”, he said.
Senthil admitted that lack of proper coordination between departments of mines and geology, police and district administration has failed to prevent illegal sand extraction and transportation.
“However, district administration would take all appropriate measures to tackle this problem in the coming days”, he said. Lauding the concept of ‘Brand Mangaluru’ by Dakshina Kannada District Working Journalists Association, Senthil said, “Mangaluru has a good brand image and reputation already which should not be tarnished.
However, efforts have been going on to tarnish that brand in the recent years. Media should be pro-active to counter these bids in order to get good name and fame to our city Mangaluru”, he advised.
Responding to a query on traffic congestion, Senthil said, “Most of the public places are turning into private places which is the root cause for the traffic congestion.
Besides that, we should stop developing our city for vehicles and do it for the sake of people. Though vehicles are keep on increasing, we are not able to widen the roads. Hence, policy decisions need to be taken to address the problems of traffic congestion”, he said.
Meanwhile, DC Sasikanth Senthil was felicitated on the same occasion. Dakshina Kannada district Working Journalists Association President Srinivas Nayak Indaje, Secretary Ibrahim Adkasthala among others were present.