Helpline soon to receive sand-related complaints

The Dakshina Kannada district administration will shortly open a helpline to file complaints, if any, on non-availability of sand and on illegal sand extraction, according to Minister for Urban Development and Housing and in-charge of the district U.T. Khader. Talking to reporters here on Sunday, he said that the helpline will be located in the office of the Deputy Commissioner. People who are being harassed by licensed sand extractors by not providing sand in Dakshina Kannada can file their complaints. “The district administration will take action to send the sand to the needy person,” he said. Mr. Khader told reporters that an application has been filed by the district administration with BSNL seeking a toll free number for the helpline. Additional Deputy Commissioner Kumar told The Hindu that the district administration has issued licences to 76 traditional sand extractors to remove 16 sand bars in the CRZ areas. A process has been initiated to permit extraction of sand from 22 sand bars in the non-CRZ areas, he said. Mr. Khader said that Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy will launch the system of online issuance of building plan and layout plan approvals on December 18. This system will be launched on a pilot basis in a few urban local bodies in the State. With the new system, there will be an end to harassment of applicants in getting approval for building plan and layout plan.

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