Camurlim: A surprise raid was conducted by the Bardez Mamlatdar along with the Mines Department and Police at Camurlim and along the National Highway 17 at Karaswada and Colvale to keep a check on illegal sand extraction on Sunday morning.
Of the nine trucks seized in the raid, seven trucks were loaded with sand, one with laterite stone and another with basalt stone.
The officials revealed that seven trucks were plying from Pernem to Mapusa while the two others were plying from Kudal, Maharashtra to Mapusa.
A total of nine trucks were seized in the raid that went on from 6.00 a.m to 8.00 a.m. Five trucks were seized at Karaswada and the other four at Colvale. The five trucks seized at Karaswada were handed over to the Mapusa Police Station by the Mines Department. The other four trucks seized at Colvale were handed over to the Porvorim Police Station as there was no sufficient place at Mapusa.
The officials also informed that no illegal sand extraction was found to be carried out at Camurlim.
One can recall that last week the Sarpanch of Camurlim, Vishant Naik Gaonkar, pointed out that over the last three months rampant illegal sand extraction is being carried out in their village. On an average, 300 trips of sand are being transported on a daily basis he had said.
Along with the panchayat officials, the sarpanch criticised the entire act of sand mining being carried out forcibly in the village and demanded that the government take immediate steps to stop this activity.
They also alleged that the sand mining lobby are working in connivance with the government officials in the State to ensure that the activity is carried out smoothly. [H]