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Panel to look into sand mining

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Kolar district delegation meets Dharam Singh, seeks ban to preserve groundwater



EXPLAINING THE PROBLEM: A delegation from Kolar district at a meeting with Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh (right) in Bangalore on Tuesday. — Photo: K. Gopinathan

BANGALORE: The Government has promised to constitute a committee headed by Chief Secretary B.K. Das to study the damage caused by sand mining in Kolar district and look into the feasibility of banning it for 10 years, Agriculture Minister K. Srinivasa Gowda has said.

Mr. Gowda, who led a delegation from the district to meet Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh here on Tuesday, told presspersons that they explained the damage being caused by sand mining in the district.

The major problem with sand mining is the depletion of groundwater, which is required for agriculture.

The Chief Minister readily responded to the appeal of the delegation seeking a ban on sand mining in the district, he said.

Asked whether the Government is not concerned about the adverse effects of sand mining in other districts, Mr. Gowda said that Kolar is a chronically drought-prone district owing to geographical conditions. The unchecked illicit sand mining is aggravating the problem, the Minister said..

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